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Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018

* Sun-Times last night

Mayoral challengers Paul Vallas, Lori Lightfoot and Garry McCarthy have been in a race against each other to plant their flags as Emanuel’s strongest rival by wracking up big second-quarter fundraising numbers.

Instead, none of the mayor’s three best-known challengers came out ahead. They’re pretty much dead even.

Fired Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s quarterly report had not been filed by late Monday. But the seven announced or potential challengers who had filed reported a combined $1.8 million. McCarthy’s staff reports that he had raised roughly $500,000.

That combined $2.3 million is less than a third of Emanuel’s total campaign balance.

The story was posted online at 9:57 pm. McCarthy filed his D-2 at 9:56:38 pm. He reported raising less than half what his people told the Sun-Times: $245,528. McCarthy ended the quarter with $173K on hand. He spent $163K, mainly on consultants, staff and fundraising costs. That’s quite the burn rate.

Paul Vallas, meanwhile, raised $436K, almost half of that from Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, and spent less than $1,400, meaning he hasn’t yet started to build a campaign.

Lightfoot raised $504K and spent $45K.

* Related…

* Judge Sets Trial Date, Location for Jason Van Dyke: The trial for Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will begin Sept. 5, 2018, in Cook County, Illinois, Judge Vincent Gaughan ruled Tuesday. … Public outcry in the case sparked change at the Chicago Police Department and beyond, from the firing of then-Supt. Garry McCarthy to the electoral ousting of former State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, as well as the creation of the new Civilian Office of Police Accountability to investigate officer-involved shootings.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:10 pm:

    – McCarthy filed his D-2 at 9:56:38 pm. He reported raising less than half what his people told the Sun-Times: $245,528. McCarthy ended the quarter with $173K on hand. He spent $163K, mainly on consultants, staff and fundraising costs.–

    Can’t quite figure who this guy thinks he’s appealing to — other than those on his payroll.


  2. - A guy - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:15 pm:

    This is all very oddly fascinating.


  3. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:18 pm:

    ===Can’t quite figure who this guy thinks he’s appealing to — other than those on his payroll. ===

    Could be a classic case of plucking the bird clean. We’ll see.


  4. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:23 pm:

    After Bilandic, Bynes and Washington, the polically powerful in Chicago have decided they cannot permit anyone to become mayor who could upend their apple cart in City Hall.

    So they’ve chosen Richie Daley for his generation of reign, and selected the Emanuel brothers to do the same today.

    The folks with the established wealth decide, not you nor I.


  5. - Bird Lover 101 - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:24 pm:

    I think this is more of ‘counting your chickens before they hatch’ situation.


  6. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:28 pm:

    Vman, Bilandic was no outsider. He was old man Daley’s floor leader and part of the Bridgeport crew.


  7. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:30 pm:

    The “Emanuel brothers”?

    Only one is Mayor VM.


  8. - Roman - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:44 pm:

    == plucking the bird clean ==

    Yep.

    “Garry, just look at the polling….you’re in second place.”


  9. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 1:53 pm:

    Bilandic failed, causing a decade of worry among insiders.


  10. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 2:49 pm:

    Bilandic failed because he couldn’t get the snow plowed.


  11. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jul 17, 18 @ 3:11 pm:

    Vallas also received a $5,000 contribution from Sean Penn. That should buy some tasty waves.


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