The first financial reporting period for campaign funds has come and gone. The reports found on the city website here are for July 21st through Sept 21st. Two of the newcomers appear to need remedial financial reporting class and one (Schinagl) appears to have not raised the thousand dollar minimum that triggers a filing requirement.
Money can't always buy elections but it certainly helps. I am reminded of Gene Condon spending $47,423 in a losing effort in 2005. Two years ago the 2011 numbers looked like this at the first reporting point. This time around we need to be vigilant in distinguishing between monetary contributions (i.e. donations) and loans-to-self monies. Andrew Piecemer's statement claims $30,925 in donations, but Schedule A shows $30,025 coming from himself! That amount should probably be categorized as loans. It appears he has raised $900 which would put him in sixth place on contributions behind
Ann Keighran $21,350
Russ Cohen $10,486
Ricardo Ortiz $9,099
Nirmala Bandrapalli $6,831
Michael Brownrigg $5,363
Alex Kent $1,075
Steve Duncan appears to have made the same mis-categorization error listing $2,000 from himself as a contribution. Bandrapalli has correctly listed an additional $14,500 in loans, while Kent and Ortiz have listed small, odd amounts as loans which is a little strange. ("hey friend, can you loan me $403.94?").
There you have it six weeks from election day.