Latest campaign fundraising filings show shift in District 1, close fights in both districts 5 and 7 

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  • See a table with the 2012 candidates' total fundraising and contribution amounts at the end of the article.

Third-party contributions opposing Supervisor Eric Mar or supporting his challenger David Lee have flooded into San Francisco’s District 1 supervisor’s race with less than 30 days until the election.

The huge infusion of cash has transformed a previously close fundraising contest into a lopsided spending battle in which Lee and his supporters maintain an almost five-to-two advantage over Mar. Total fundraising on behalf of Lee was $473,557, while Mar had raised just $192,969 as of Sept. 30.

In this heated Richmond District battle, some $221,076 of independent contributions were raised in support of the moderate Lee or opposition to the progressive Mar. That comprises more than two thirds of all the third-party funds raised throughout The City’s three most competitive supervisorial races.

Although such independent contributions cannot be controlled by the candidates, they are nonetheless indicative of the total resources that will be marshaled on their behalf.

In the race to represent southwest San Francisco, District 7 candidates Mike Garcia and F.X. Crowley and their independent supporters each raised more than $300,000, easily dwarfing the fundraising by all other candidates.

When total spending was tallied, District 7’s top fundraiser is Garcia, term-limited Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s pick for his successor, at $313,630. Labor-backed candidate F.X. Crowley was close behind at $310,441. School board president Norman Yee trailed in third place with just $97,190.

Meanwhile, in District 5, including the Fillmore, Western Addition and Haight neighborhoods, incumbent Supervisor Christina Olague took a narrow fundraising lead over challenger London Breed. Helping boost Olague’s war chest was a Sept. 28 Ferry Building fundraiser held on her behalf by former Mayor Willie Brown. Olague and her independent supporters reported total contributions of $146,329, while Breed’s campaign reported total fundraising of $136,634.

District 5 challengers Thea Selby and Julian Davis each enlarged their warchests with more than $30,000 in public financing, raising their respective totals to $88,628 and $$68,568.

In The City’s fourth and final contested supervisorial race, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has amassed a $204,381 war chest, all in direct contributions, the largest such total of any candidate in The City. His closest competitor, challenger Joe Butler, reported just $45,872 in contributions.

District 9 Supervisor David Campos and District 11 Supervisor John Avalos are both running for reelection unopposed.

Contribution amounts had to be filed by Friday with the Ethics Commission. The reports covered funds received as of Sept. 30.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

And the money pours in

Campaign contributions received as of Sept. 30 in contested supervisorial races.

Race Contributions Public
Financing
Independent
expenditures
Total
District 1
Eric Mar $117,303 $75,666 $0 $192,969
David Lee $136,132 $126,349 *$221,076 *$473,557
Sherman D'Silva $0 $0 $0 $0
District 3
David Chiu $204,381 $0 $0 $204,381
Marc Bruno $0 $0 $0 $0
Joe Butler $25,872 $20,000 $0 $45,872
Wilma Pang $0 $0 $0 $0
District 5
London Breed $112,050 $20,000 $14,279 $146,329
Julian Davis $30,776 $37,792 $0 $68,568
Daniel Everett $0 $0 $0 $0
Hope Johnson $6,478 $0 $0 $6,478
Christina Olague $116,634 $20,000 $0 $136,634
Andrew Resignato $3,424 $0 $0 $3,424
John Rizzo $29,704 $20,000 $0 $49,704
Thea Selby $58,456 $30,172 $0 $88,628
District 7
Andrew Bley $3,425 $0 $0 $3,425
FX Crowley $157,758 $130,992  
$21,691 $310,441
Joel Engardio $23,551 $39,589 $0 $63,140
Mike Garcia $112,695 $135,308 $65,627 $313,630
Lynn Gavin $0 $0 $0 $0
Julian Lagos $0 $0 $0 $0
Glenn Rogers $0 $0 $0 $0
Robert Squeri $33,536 $0 $0 $33,536
Norman Yee $77,190 $20,000 $0 $97,190

*Includes $176,126 spent in support of Lee and another $44,950 spent in opposition to Lee’s opponent, Eric Mar.
Source: San Francisco Ethics Commission

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