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Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Matthew Frumin has big fundraising lead in race for at-large seat

Attorney Matthew Frumin walloped seven other candidates in the opening chase for campaign funds for the April 23 special election for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

Frumin, a Ward 3 advisory neighborhood commissioner and former Clinton administration official, reported Thursday night that he has raised $82,000 for his campaign.

 Frumin’s haul includes $10,000 from his own pocket, but he now has nearly $76,000 in the bank.  He had 280 donors, many of whom do not appear to be frequent contributors to city campaigns.

The Democrat begins his campaign with more than double the amount of money of his closet rival, activist Elissa Silverman.

Silverman, a former Washington Post and City Paper reporter on leave from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, reported that she’s raised about $36,000 and has $32,000 in the bank.  Silverman, also a Democrat, reported 225 donors, though she’s not accepting corporate contributions.

John F. Settles, a mortgage broker and Democrat, reported he has about $24,000 in the bank.

The other candidates in the race, including Republican Patrick Mara and incumbent Anita Bonds (D), are off to a far slower start when it comes to raising money.

Despite being the only candidate in the race who’s run citywide before, Mara raised just $20,000. Mara, a Ward 1 school board member and the only Republican in the race, has $16,000 in the bank.

Bonds, who is filling the seat until the special election, has raised just $11,000, including a $5,000 personal loan and $1,000 contribution from the D.C. Democratic State Committee.

Bonds is the chairwoman of that committee, which in December appointed her as the interim council member.  

Former council member Michael A. Brown, who is seeking to return to the body after losing his seat last year, reported raising only $9,500.  But Brown spent nearly all of it on consultants and staff, leaving him with only $1,100 in the bank.

Paul Zukerberg, another Democrat in the race, also raised about $9,500.  Zukerberg, an attorney seeking to decriminalize possession of marijuana, reported $7,700 in the bank.

Perry Redd, a Statehood Green Party candidate, raised $900 during the reporting period and has just under $700 in the bank, records show.

(This post was updated on Feb. 2 at 1:15 p.m.)

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