The haul would mean that de Blasio’s fundraising totals outpaced those of Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, who raised $655,000 this year, according to a report in The Daily News today.
Both fundraising totals are behind those of Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who told Crain’s that she has raised close to $1 million this reporting period.
All three are thought to be candidates for mayor in 2013, although n0ne have officially declared their intentions.
According to his campaign team, de Blasio has raised over $1 million since being elected Public Advocate in 2009. It was unclear exactly how much de Blasio has on hand.
He will start the 2013 election cycle in somewhat of a hole, due to the $300,000 in fines his campaign accrued during his 2009 race for public advocate.
De Blasio was elected public advocate thanks to the support of the Working Families Party and their allies in organized labor. He was not known as a prodigious fundraiser, but his backers hope that these most recent numbers change that perception.
If the 2013 primary is moved up to June, there are only three filing periods remaining for candidates to reach the nearly $7 million figure that is the maximum that can be spent on a mayoral race.
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