Less than two weeks before the city’s Democratic Primary, Eighth District Council candidate Cindy Bass is leading a crowded field in available campaign funds.
Bass, who’s staging her second Council bid, has $124,688 on hand as of May 2, according to campaign finance reports filed by today’s 5 p.m. deadline. But one of her rivals, Howard Treatman, a wealthy real estate investor, has since made a financial splash that may place him closer to Bass’ total . As of the reporting deadline, he had donated $150,000 to his own campaign, although much of that has now been spent.
Cash on hand
Between Jan. 1 and May 2, the other six Eighth District candidates have the following amounts left in their war chests:
William Durham – $11
Andrew Lofton – $209
Greg Paulmier – $39,000
Robin Tasco – $668
Howard Treatman – $50,889
Verna Tyner – $9,439
NewsWorks, however, has learned that Treatman has written an additional $50,000 check to his campaign since May 2. That means he may actually have over $100,000 available to date.
Today’s campaign finance reports also reveal which candidates have fundraising star power on their side. The packed field raised the following amounts from Jan. 1 to May 2:
Cindy Bass – $139,092
William Durham – $1,650
Andrew Lofton – $1,460
Greg Paulmier – $16,163
Robin Tasco – $3,280
Howard Treatman – $167,334
Verna Tyner – $14,023
Much of Bass’ money remains as the result of major campaign donations from government officials and judicial candidates.
Nutter for Mayor, Mayor Michael Nutter’s political action committee, cut Bass a check for $10,600, the maximum amount a PAC can give under state campaign finance laws. Mayor Nutter endorsed Bass in early April.
Bass also received $5,000 from Fattah for Congress, the political action committee for Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, among other donations. Bass is currently on leave from her long-time job as a staffer for Fattah.
So far, the candidates have spent the following amounts on campaign-connected expenses:
Cindy Bass – $85,521
William Durham – $1,638
Andrew Lofton – $1,250
Greg Paulmier – $16,263
Robin Tasco – $2,661
Howard Treatman – $116,443
Verna Tyner – $12,210
The candidates are vying to become the Democratic nominee on May 17 for the seat being vacated by Democratic Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller.
For a more complete breakdown of today’s campaign finance filing deadline see Dave Davies’ blog post.