Vincent C. Gray out raised Mayor Adrian M. Fenty during the past three months, but Fenty mayor begins the summer campaign season with nearly ten times as much cash in the bank as the council chairman, according to campaign finance reports released Friday.
Since entering the race last March, Gray took in $561,000, including a $25,000 personal loan to his campaign. Fenty, who has been raising money for his reelection campaign for more than a year, raised $475,000 during the same time, the reports show.
Fenty now has about $3.3 million in the bank. Gray reports about $371,000 in the bank.
Despite lagging Fenty in the overall money race, Gray advisers called his fundraising "impressive," saying it shows he will have the resources needed to mount a credible campaign. According to the Gray campaign, they had twice as many donors as Fenty had, noting nearly six of 10 Gray's contributions came in checks of $100 or less.
"To see this level of financial support in such a short period of time is truly remarkable, and humbling," said Adam Rubinson, Gray's campaign manager. "The sheer number of people willing to invest in Vince and his campaign demonstrates just how intensely people want to see a change of leadership in the District of Columbia."