Fundraising dollars are rolling in for the top three contenders in the high-profile San Diego mayor's race with Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher bringing in the most cash during the short time-span since the race began.
The campaign for Fletcher has reported raising more than $600,000. Councilman Kevin Faulconer has brought in more than $500,000, according to his campaign. A spokeswoman for Councilman David Alvarez was not immediately available for comment, but he's raised at least $100,000, according to city campaign contribution data. A labor-backed political action committee is also pouring money into Alvarez's campaign.
Just last year, San Diego mayoral candidates raised more than $4 million during their primary campaigns.
The reporting deadline for this finance period is Thursday, but donations of more than $1,000 must be reported within 24 hours. Candidates are free to give as much of their own money to their campaigns as well.
"I'm thrilled and energized by the broad support my campaign has received in just the first month," Faulconer said.
Fletcher's campaign did not have further comment about being the top fundraiser for the period between Jan. 1 and Oct. 5.
Faulconer's campaign spokesman Tony Manolatos attributed the gap in fundraising to a week earlier start date in the race.
"He started campaigning before us," Manolatos said. "He's also pulling in a lot of money from outside of San Diego whereas most of our dollars are from inside San Diego. We feel really good about this."