Pittsburgh Councilman Bill Peduto announced Monday that he raised $329,671 in 2012 for his challenge to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl for the Democratic nomination for mayor, an amount he heralded as a record early total for mayoral challengers.
Mr. Peduto and other mayoral candidates have until the end of the month to report their 2012 fundraising activity, but the East End councilman released the cover sheet of his report early, hoping that it would serve as a show of strength to rivals and other potential contributors. His release noted that the most amply funded challenger in past contests, former Mayor Bob O'Connor, had reported $279,623 in contributions at the equivalent point in his unsuccessful 2001 race against former Mayor Tom Murphy. The Peduto campaign noted that the O'Connor total came under less stringent fundraising restrictions than under current law.
Neither the mayor's campaign nor that of city Controller Michael Lamb, who has said he also plans to seek the office, had any comment on the Peduto announcement, nor did they take the opportunity to release their own totals before the deadline.