While the cumulative nearly $1.5 million raised so far may sound significant, it is a molehill compared to the mountainous amounts that mayoral candidates have secured during previous elections. In the contested 2001 race, a fleet of candidates raised a cumulative $20.8 million in the primary and the runoff; both winner Jim Hahn and second place finisher Villaraigosa notched about $6 million, and businessman Steve Soboroff received almost $4 million. Four years later, the field reported nearly $14.9 million in donations, with winner Villaraigosa’s $6.5 million surpassing Hahn’s $4.7 million.&c. Regardie also has been looking at the donor lists, as I have.
A long way from $20.8 million
You might like to archive this piece by Jon Regardie, which places the current fundraising efforts of the Mayor's race 2013 candidates into a historical perspective.