Mayor moneybags


A supporter greets D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray at his campaign kickoff last month in Southeast Washington, where he announced that he will seek another term as mayor. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

It’s not the million dollars some of his supporters had aimed for, but the $627,000 that Mayor Vincent C. Gray did raise for his reelection campaign has put him in the top echelon of mayoral candidates in terms of cash on hand, new campaign finance reports show. D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) each have more in the bank — $791,000 and $685,000, respectively — than the $560,000 Hizzoner has for the last two months. But expect Gray’s late-starting campaign to keep up the fundraising pace while the other candidates have shown strong signs of slowing down. Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who has renounced corporate money and has $169,000 banked, sits in a lower echelon of financial might, if not actual voter support. More from WRC-TVAP and WAMU-FM.

In other news:

District government closes out fiscal 2012 with $321 million surplus, but all but $9 million is unspendable (PostLoose LipsAPWRC-TV)

Gray and key council members agree to devote half of excess funds going forward to affordable housing production (Housing Complex)

Passing new D.C. Promise scholarship program could endanger federally funded D.C. TAG, Eleanor Holmes Norton warns (Post)

Board of Elections is considering releasing at least portions of 2010 Gray campaign audit (Post editorialLoose Lips)

Fire lieutenant implicated in botched response to heart-attack victim files for retirement (PostAP)

Firefighters are said to have ignored another plea for help, four years ago (WRC-TV)

The recent FEMS failings, veteran reporter Dave Statter says, go from the bottom to the very top (STATter911)

“Soft posting” of D.C. firefighters is a “dangerous and arbitrary … farce of a policy,” says national union president (Post op-ed)

January murder count was way ahead of recent norm (WaTimes)

How three D.C. cops saved the injured snowy owl (Post)

Bryan Weaver: Time for open-access “blanket primaries” in D.C. (Post op-ed)

Brianne Nadeau-Jim Graham race is “girl scout vs. grizzled vet,” says Clinton Yates (Post)

Weaver accuses Graham of acting like a “warlord” (Loose Lips)

Recently hospitalized Marion Barry takes to Twitter to push Dan Snyder to change the Redskins name (Post)

City seeks single private operator for streetcar, Circulator and D.C.-only bus lines (Housing Complex)

How KIPP D.C. has improved on the charter network’s nationwide model (Post column)

Is D.C.’s 2024 Olympics bid for real? (WTOPWBJ)

7,500 have submitted new “common applications” for public school lotteries (WAMU-FM)

Ed Lazere’s least favorite Tax Revision Commission recommendations (DCFPI)

Potomac Phil has spoken: “Six more weeks of winter! … And six more months of political gridlock” (Post column)

Newfangled traffic cameras are now active (WTOP)

Veteran cop is charged with stealing evidence (Post)

Man and woman found dead in Fairlawn apartment were shot, police say (Post)

Masked men rob Brookland Mexican restaurant — the customers, too (WRC-TV)

Another dog stolen in home burglary (Post)

D.C. man is arrested in Yonkers, N.Y., for 2011 murder (AP)

Who will take over LivingSocial’s ill-fated events space? (Capital BusinessWBJ)

The businesses who are using the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion (Housing Complex)

How to make your Airbnb business street-legal (UrbanTurf)

Second 7-Eleven to open, threaten Georgetown’s community fabric (Carol Joynt)

“A List of the Top 13 DC Neighborhoods Where Some Residents Could Go Berserk if You Get their ‘Borders’ Wrong” (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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