O'Connor leading campaign fund-raiser by big margin

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Bob O'Connor's mayoral campaign received $267,817 in contributions from May 3 through June 6, more than doubling all of his rivals' fund raising combined, according to reports filed with the Allegheny County Elections Division.

Bob O'Connor's top donor was from a Philadelphia PAC.

Most of Democratic mayoral nominee O'Connor's top donors during that period were from the Philadelphia area.

O'Connor's top donor was the political action committee of a Philadelphia local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, giving $20,000.

Six donors gave O'Connor's campaign $10,000 each, including four from the Philadelphia area: the PAC of state Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia; the PA 2100 PAC, which Fumo reportedly controls; Philadelphia-based developers the Goldenberg Group; and the Butkovitz for City Controller committee.

Other $10,000 donors included Squirrel Hill developer Gregg Perelman, of Walnut Capital, and William Howell, identified as the managing director of a New York-based pension management company.

O'Connor's biggest expenditure during the period was a $125,000 radio and television ad buy through The Campaign Group, based in Philadelphia.

Since Jan. 1, 2004, O'Connor has raised $1,445,543. He spent $1,383,120 on his way to winning a seven-way primary with 49 percent of the vote.

Throughout the race his fund raising surpassed that of his Democratic rivals, and the same held true down the stretch.

From May 3 through June 6, the second-place finisher in the mayoral primary, city Councilman William Peduto, raised $66,277 for his mayoral campaign and $6,000 for his successful defense of his council seat. Third-place finisher Michael Lamb, the Allegheny County prothonotary, raised $36,610.

As of June 6, O'Connor had $66,877 in cash left over.

Republican mayoral nominee Joseph Weinroth reported having raised $200, and that his campaign account had a deficit of $1,365.

O'Connor's campaign donated $1,500 to new city Councilman Dan Deasy's successful campaign to succeed Alan Hertzberg, who left council to become a Common Pleas judge. O'Connor's campaign was among Deasy's top contributors from May 3 through June 6, along with Edward Grattan, of Downtown-based Prime Solutions Capital Corp., who gave $1,500.

Tonya Payne, who defeated incumbent city Councilman Sala Udin in the Democratic primary, benefited from a $2,000 contribution from Democracy for America, based in Burlington, Vt., and inspired by former presidential candidate Howard Dean. Her second-biggest contributor during the period was Grattan, who gave $1,500.

Payne raised $10,560 during the period, which was less than half of the $23,300 Udin's campaign received, but Payne won by 230 votes.

Rich Lord can be reached at rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542.

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