Mayoral candidates collect campaign money


Kim Janey, Andrea Campbell, Michelle Wu. BANNER FILE PHOTOS (Janey, Campbell), VIDEO IMAGE (Wu)

Acting Mayor Kim Janey led the field of six top mayoral candidates in fundraising for May with $ 162,794, but lags behind Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell in the total amount raised. The two city councils have each raised around $ 1.2 million.

At-Large Councilor Annissa Essaibi George raked in the second highest in May at $ 151,024; followed by Campbell for $ 116,655; Wu at $ 107.217; former Boston economic development chief John Barros for $ 78,806; and South End State Rep. Jon Santiago for $ 77,522.

The May numbers come as the preliminary round competition moves into the last hundred days on September 14th. Money received, spent, and available can improve or impair a candidate’s ability to communicate a message and build constituencies.

“It’s also a gauge of your persuasiveness,” said Tammy Vigil, associate professor of communications at Boston University. A candidate who can convince people to donate money can then give voters the impression that there is “wider community support, or at least general support” for their campaign.

Campbell is now also backed by Better Boston, a super PAC whose recently filed first fiscal report showed multiple major donors and a $ 93,000 digital ad purchase.

The Boston Globe also reported that the Boston Turnout Project’s Super-PAC, chaired by Jason Burrell – a former regional field director of US Senator Elizabeth Warren – supports Wu.

Burrell told GBH News that the group had “no further comment” on its organizational filings with the state last month.

Super PACs, or independent political action committees on spending, can accept unlimited funds from any source and make unlimited spending for or against candidates. You are not allowed to coordinate with the candidates.

Political observers expect each of the candidates to have Super PAC support before the end of the race.

Sum of the funds raised

E.ssaibi George, who announced in January, ranks third among total funds raised at $ 908,322.

Santiago, which launched in February, is priced at $ 675,002.

Janey officially declared in April and raised a total of $ 610,163.

Barros has $ 473,573, the lowest in the race. With his local funding of 52 percent, however, he is the only candidate with the majority of his funding from sourcesHin Boston, according to the state campaign finance bureau.

“That means there is a lot of outside influence going into this campaign,” Vigil said, adding that it is not uncommon in a big city to influence the surrounding communities.

“She [outsiders] don’t really have a voice in the mayor and who becomes mayor, but they have to face the consequences of who becomes mayor. So sometimes people could express themselves through their donations because they can’t really do it through an actual choice, ”she said.

Cash on hand

With $ 1,046,998 in the bank, Wu has the most money as of the May filing period. Last month, she spent about $ 36,000 on 17 employees. She spent significantly less on consulting than her peers, spending only $ 7,500 on two companies.

Campbell has $ 1,035,941 in the bank. Her largest spending categories in May were salaries of $ 36,000 for seven people; $ 14,117 to print; and $ 34,000 for advisory services.

Essaibi George has a supply of $ 570,543. In May, she spent $ 25,000 on advisory services and $ 14,500 on salaries for eight employees.

Santiago has $ 517,673. His largest purchases in May include $ 22,000 for advisory services and about $ 13,000 to pay eight employees. Santiago also recently bought the first in-race TV commercial, spending about $ 150,000 on about two weeks of city-wide airtime.

Janey’s funds in the bank are $ 358,125. Last month, her largest category of spending was consulting services, which she spent about $ 42,000 on. She also spent about $ 22,000 on the salaries of nine employees and about 16,800 on digital advertising.

When it comes to money in the bank, Barros has $ 341,827 hidden away. Last month, his largest spending was $ 36,000 for nine employees and about $ 3,500 each on consulting and digital advertising.

Wednesday June 16 marks 90 days until the 2021 Boston primary.

Saraya Wintersmith covers Boston City Hall for GBH News.

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