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Let’s Take a Peek at the Early Fundraising Numbers for Dallas Mayor

A couple candidates have already amassed a quarter million dollars.
By Shawn Shinneman |

The candidates are piling up in this pivotal race to be Dallas’ next mayor. Half of them announced bids before we ticked over to 2019. Due to campaign finance reporting requirements, that means that this week, we got a first look at how some candidates are faring in their efforts to raise money. Let’s have a look.

Albert Black, businessman from Oak Cliff
Started raising money: July 1
Raised: $277,643
Spent: $138,070.44
In the bank: $131,322.56

Mike Ablon, developer known for work in the Design District
Started raising money: November 21
Raised: $104,450
Spent: $65,836.12
Loaned himself: $100,000
In the bank: $138,613.88

Regina Montoya, lawyer and former Hillary Clinton aide
Started raising money: November 28
Raised: $85,675
Spent: $30,610
Loaned herself: $101,000
In the bank: $154,087.82

Larry Casto, former city attorney
Started raising money: December 3
Raised: $30,500
Spent: $4,999
Loaned himself: $50,000
In the bank: $0

Lynn McBee, philanthropist
Started raising money: December 7
Raised: $257,925
Spent: $3,055
In the Bank: $254,869

Of note: The city secretary’s office couldn’t give me an explanation for the weird math going on in Casto’s numbers. I haven’t heard back from his campaign on the matter. (Update: Casto withdrew his candidacy on Friday.)

Also of note: Albert Black has raised a lot of money.

Also also of note: Lynn McBee has raised a lot of money, too—almost the same amount as Black except she did it in three and a half weeks (all the above numbers reflect totals at the end of 2018).

The candidates who announced in 2019 and therefore haven’t had to file a report are Dallas ISD Trustee Miguel Solis, North Oak Cliff City Councilman Scott Griggs, former State Rep. Jason Villalba, former 2016 presidential candidate—albeit a very minor one—Alyson Kennedy, and resident Miguel Patino.

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