Ravenstahl has nearly $1 million in campaign chest

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Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's re-election campaign is nearing $1 million in cash in defending his seat against fellow Democrats Bill Peduto and Michael Lamb in the May 21 mayoral primary.

Mr. Ravenstahl's team reported $909,695 in cash as of Thursday, while Mr. Peduto reported having $260,942 in the bank at the end of December and Mr. Lamb, $212,088. While only year-end reports on 2012 financing were due, Mr. Ravenstahl filed an additional report showing his campaign's receipts in January.

The incumbent's numbers were boosted by several political action committees and individuals who gave the full $8,000 and $4,000 allowed, respectively, under the city's 2009 campaign finance law. Only half of that money can be spent in the primary.

PACs giving him the full amount included those for: Steamfitters Local 449, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (the mayor's brother), Firefighters Local No. 1 and Carpenters of Western Pa., PA Future and city Councilman Ricky Burgess.

Individuals at the funding cap included Ford dealer Richard Bazzy, Duquesne Light CEO Morgan O'Brien, Penguins CEO David Morehouse, Joseph White of Carl Walker Construction, Patricia Mistick of Allegheny West, Benjamin Brown of Benyon & Co., John Stabile of Alco Parking and Janet Hunt of Squirrel Hill.

Mr. Peduto raised $329,671 at the end of last year and spent $68,729, leaving his campaign with $260,942 in cash to start January.

Large PAC contributions to the Point Breeze councilman included $8,000 from county Executive Rich Fitzgerald and $4,000 each from the Western Pennsylvania Laborers, WUF PAC, lobbyist Robert Ewanco and state Rep. Ed Gainey of Lincoln-Lemington.

Those giving Mr. Peduto $2,000 included attorneys Dok Harris and Kevin Acklin, who challenged Mr. Ravenstahl as independent candidates in his first run for a full term in November 2009.

Mr. Ravenstahl was named mayor after the late Bob O'Connor's death in 2006 and won a special election for a two-year term in 2007.

Almost a quarter of Mr. Lamb's funds came from $50,000 listed as a self-loan. Otherwise he raised $26,500 from PACs and roughly $123,000 from individuals.

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Tim McNulty: tmcnulty@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1581. More detail at the Early Returns blog at earlyreturns.sites.post-gazette.com or on Twitter at @EarlyReturns. First Published January 31, 2013 5:30 PM


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