Spending in support of Ed Lee exceeds $2.6 million

With just five days until Election Day, spending to try and put incumbent Mayor Ed Lee into his first four-year term as an elected mayor surpassed $2.6 million, according to the San Francisco Department of Elections, the most of any candidates in the mayoral race.

Lee’s campaign and third-party groups have spent a combined $2,634,923 as of Friday afternoon, the most of any of the candidates.

As of Oct. 31, Lee’s campaign reported spending $1.7 million. Third-party groups have boosted the spending power of Lee, such as the one led by Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway. Conway’s third-party group has spent $493,404 as of Nov. 2, according to filings in the Ethics Commission. That includes contributions from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, $151,000 from Conway himself, $50,000 from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and $100,000 from Sean Parker, who co-founded Napster.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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