De Blasio Reaches Fund-Raising Cap; Thompson and Lhota Collections Impress

Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, reached a crucial milestone in his bid for mayor on Tuesday when his campaign reported that he had raised all the money he is allowed to spend in the coming Democratic primary.

William C. Thompson Jr., a former comptroller, is on track to soon hit the maximum, according to his campaign, having collecting an impressive $600,000 in the last two months. That was almost double what he did in the previous fund-raising cycle.

Both still lag behind Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who reported more than a year ago that she had reached the maximum amount for the primary. She has since raised enough money for a possible runoff, and is now soliciting funds for a general election.

The disclosures were among the highlights of a busy day in New York City’s campaign finance world, as candidates for all offices began releasing preliminary figures regarding their fund-raising efforts in the last two months. The full reports — including detailed accounts on spending, individual donors and top fund-raisers — must be submitted by Wednesday to the city’s Campaign Finance Board.

Candidates taking part in the city’s voluntary and relatively generous campaign finance program can spend no more than $6.73 million each in the primary, in part from money they raise and in part from matching funds.

In a statement, Mr. de Blasio said his campaign raised $240,000 in the latest period. That includes more than $75,000 in amounts of $175 or less, which, under the city’s $6-to-$1 matching system, would net $450,000 in public funds.

“We intend to build on this momentum as we raise resources for the runoff and general election,” said Bill Hyers, Mr. de Blasio’s campaign manager.

For Mr. Thompson, the $600,000 collected was another strong showing after a relatively sluggish start. The bulk of that money came in the last couple of weeks, after Mr. Thompson hired some new staff members and unveiled a string of notable endorsements, including from Merryl B. Tisch, chancellor of the state’s Board of Regents, who became his campaign chairwoman, and Richard Ravitch, a former deputy governor.

“The campaign is kicking into high gear at the appropriate time,” Jonathan Prince, Mr. Thompson’s chief strategist, said in a conference call with reporters. “We expect to max out. We will certainly have all the money we need.”

The Democratic field includes the city comptroller, John C. Liu, who has traditionally been a strong fund-raiser. But two of his associates, including his former campaign treasurer, were recently convicted on federal charges related to an illegal campaign finance scheme, and many campaign finance experts do not believe that Mr. Liu will be awarded public matching funds. Another candidate is Sal F. Albanese, a former councilman who ran for mayor in 1997, but announced his run just a few months ago.

And the field could include a very prominent Democrat: former Representative Anthony D. Weiner. He has almost raised the maximum amount he could spend in a primary.

On the Republican side, much of the attention was focused on Joseph J. Lhota, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, whose campaign said he had raised $558,000. He had collected an impressive $730,000 in the first filing for his candidacy, in March.

But Adolfo Carrión Jr., a former Bronx borough president and former Democrat who is running on the Independence Party line, did divulge disappointing figures. He collected only $18,000, and said in a statement that his fund-raising “demonstrates just how many donors still view our politics as a two-party proposition and the concern some have about the political consequences of giving to an independent campaign at this time.”

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