Chicago mayoral hopeful Gery Chico has raised more than $2.5 million, his campaign said on Monday, with Chico the first to reveal fund-raising figures for the Feb. 22 primary. Chico has 47 fund-raisers scheduled for January.
Chico said in a statement that 97 percent of his contributions come from Chicagoans--setting the stage to ding rival Rahm Emanuel for raising a lot of out-of-city cash.
"Since the day I announced my candidacy for mayor, my campaign has hustled day-in, day-out, to raise the resources and build the coalition to win this race," Chico said. "We have the best story to tell and the resources to tell it."
Chico's public schedule routinely does not include fund-raising events.
Emanuel, who has been vacationing in Thailand, is expected to have a bigger figure--but then he had a running start with some $1.5 million left over in his House campaign fund. Emanuel also has been spending the most--more than $1 million in television ads alone since he announced last fall.
Singing star Jennifer Hudson headlines a fund-raiser for Emanuel Jan. 10 at the House of Blues in Chicago. Emanuel also flew to Los Angeles for a funder hosted by his brother, Hollywood superagent Ari. Emanuel's campaign will not disclose Emanuel's smaller campaign coffees and dinners.
Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) has hired a well-connected Republican fund-raiser, Lori Montgomery, among others, for her campaign. I asked Braun spokesman Renee Ferguson why a Republican was hired and she replied, "Lori is on our fund raising team along with LA Harris. Both Lori and her husband Jim go way back with Carol. Jim and Carol worked together in the U.S. Attorney's office."
Braun's team never disclosed details (yes, I asked) of a New York fund-raiser that was planned for last month. Braun criticized Emanuel's California fund-raiser. Ferguson told me that one Braun fund-raiser was hosted by business honcho Barbara Bowles. Braun's campaign will not disclose small campaign coffees and dinners.
The Feb. 22 is non-partisan. If no one wins more than 50 percent, the top two vote getters face off in an April 5 general election.
below, from Chico campaign...
Chico raises more than $2.5 million in ten weeks
Mayoral candidate has best story to tell and the resources to tell it
(CHICAGO) Mayoral candidate Gery Chico today announced he raised more than $2.5 million for his campaign last quarter, and has 47 fundraisers scheduled for January.
With an average contribution of nearly $1,000 and with roughly 97 percent of all donations coming from the Chicago metropolitan area, Chico again demonstrated that neighborhood ties, hard work and perseverance are keys to his success.
"Since the day I announced my candidacy for mayor, my campaign has hustled day-in, day-out, to raise the resources and build the coalition to win this race," Gery Chico said. "We have the best story to tell and the resources to tell it."
Chico's story is a good one. For more than 20 years, he has delivered results for all of Chicago's neighborhoods and built coalitions across racial and ethnic lines to achieve common goals.
A tenacious fundraiser known for outworking his competitors, Chico has executive experience and a strong track record of getting the job done in virtually every area of city government. He served as chief of staff to mayor Richard M. Daley, president of the Chicago Public Schools, president of the Chicago Park District and chairman of the Chicago City Colleges. For more information, please visit GeryChico.com