Albert Black

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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.

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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Comments

  • Los_Politico

    All of McBee’s $1000+ donors live in the Park Cities or are pretending not to by using a work address (I guess they think we don’t know how to use DCAD?)

    • Los_Politico

      Clay Cooley gave her $10,000! Fun!

    • Los_Politico

      She’s raised $450 in Lake Highlands, $325 in East Dallas, and nothing from Kessler. Hard to become mayor of Dallas when you raise more cash in Cincinnati than Lakewood

      • DubiousBrother

        Just ask Beto.

        • Mavdog

          The more accurate comment is to ask Rafael Cruz, who raised more money from outside of Texas than he did inside of Texas.

          Beto O’Rourke, on the other hand, raised more money from inside Texas than he raised from outside Texas.

          • DubiousBrother

            Actually, Robert Francis O’Rourke’s campaign says that $36,861,722 was in donations less than $200 which precludes disclosure of the donor or residence. That is slightly less than the entire amount Cruz raised and it may have come from Russia for all we know.
            The good news is Robert Francis is back with his wife and children until his next fund raising adventure with his Hollywood pals.

          • Mavdog

            No, donations under $200 do not require disclosure, there is nothing that “precludes disclosure”.
            Cruz raised $45 Million BTW, which to most people is substantially more than $36 Million. It came mostly from PACs. If the money “came from Russia” it would be in Rubles.
            Cruz raised $7.6 Million form his California “pals” compared to O’Rourke who raised a paltry $6.1 Million from California.

  • Has anyone asked Black what’s up with his overly long necktie?

    • Mavdog

      Hey, it worked for Donald. Apparently Donald believes it makes him look thinner.

  • Billingsley, Rogers, Turner, Troutt, Nye, Simmons, Moroney, Brierley. McBee’s list of big donors is, um, impressive.