David Chiu off to quickest start in fundraising for San Francisco mayoral race 

click to enlarge The nine major declared candidates for the office of San Francisco mayor have raised about $2 million in the first six months of 2011, according to records filed Monday. (Examiner file photo) - THE NINE MAJOR DECLARED CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR HAVE RAISED ABOUT $2 MILLION IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2011, ACCORDING TO RECORDS FILED MONDAY. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO)
  • The nine major declared candidates for the office of San Francisco mayor have raised about $2 million in the first six months of 2011, according to records filed Monday. (Examiner file photo)
  • The nine major declared candidates for the office of San Francisco mayor have raised about $2 million in the first six months of 2011, according to records filed Monday. (Examiner file photo)

The cash for mayoral campaigns continues to stream in as a crowded field of candidates vies for office in an election that’s only three months away.

Click on the photo at right to see more on this story, including the money raised for each candidate.

The nine major declared candidates have raised about $2 million in the first six months of 2011, according to filings given to the Ethics Commission on Monday. That money has been more than doubled by matching public funds, and much of that money has not been spent.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu got off to a quick start, raising $396,129 in only four months. He is followed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who both raised more than $300,000 in the six-month time frame. State Sen. Leland Yee received $231,856 during that span.

Venture capitalist Joanna Rees proved she is no stranger to raising capital, netting $215,285.

“Joanna Rees is quite a bit higher than I would’ve guessed,” said Corey Cook, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco. “Early in the campaign, everyone thought she would put her own money in, but she’s held to her promise not to.”

Former supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier and Tony Hall, current Supervisor John Avalos and Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting were the bottom four fundraisers, in that order.

“The early money is important,” Cook said. “Being able to raise a lot of money early on is an indicator that you’re viable.”

In the last mayoral race without an incumbent, Mayor Gavin Newsom spent $5.1 million in 2003 to win.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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