Yesterday was the deadline for state and local candidates to report their fundraising totals for the last six months of 2012, which meant a flurry of last-minute clicks on the City Secretary's website. The reported figures first real glimpse at candidates' fundraising prowess and a suggestion of which candidates are gaining traction leading up to the May 11 municipal elections. Here's what you need to know.
|Mayor Mike Rawlings, in the chopper his campaign will soon be able to afford.|
Rawlings has a lot of very wealth friends: Rumor has it that Mayor Mike Rawlings will not seek a second term. That didn't prevent him from stockpiling an eye-popping $391,440 from, as the Morning News' Rudy Bush put it, "the kind of folks you might meet at a really, really nice party in Preston Hollow."
Actually, Bush left out a "really." Rawlings' list of donors reads like a who's who of Dallas' business and civic elite: Ross Perot, Sr., Harold Simmons, T. Boone Pickens all gave generously. Local heavyweights like Ruth Althsuler Lucy Billingsley, Margaret McDermott also opened their wallets.
The question, of course, is what Rawlings needs all that money for. He gave himself $180,000 to repay loans he'd made to his campaign. For other answers, we'll just have to wait and see.More »