Democrat Matthew Frumin’s campaign war chest is nearly twice as large as his nearest rival’s in next month’s D.C. Council at-large race, but Republican Patrick Mara has stepped up his fundraising over the past six weeks, according to campaign finance reports released Tuesday.
The reports come six weeks before the April 23 election, when voters will select a replacement from a field of seven candidates to fill out the term of the citywide seat once held by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D).
After a slow fundraising start, Mara reported raising $55,000 from Jan. 30 through Monday. Mara, who has $53,000 in the bank, received a boost from executives in the parking garage and construction businesses as well as local and national GOP activists.
But Mara, the only Republican in the race, returned a $1,000 contribution Tuesday after questions were raised about the donor. The contribution came from Freedom’s Defense Fund, which supports “conservative, pro-freedom candidates against the radical left and elitist mainstream media,” according to its Web site.