Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Olivia Chow campaign raises $378Gs in two weeks
The Chow campaign announced Tuesday that it has already raised $378,785 from 1,914 donors.
Chow entered the race March 12 — the same day she resigned as the NDP MP for the downtown riding of Trinity-Spadina.
Organizers said the campaign aimed to raise $250,000 during Chow’s first week as a candidate but had surpassed the $378,000 mark by Monday night.
“It’s a strong start that underlines our city’s desire for a new mayor after four years of disappointing leadership,” Chow’s campaign stated in a press release.
Chow’s fundraising total so far amounts to 29% of the maximum any mayoral candidate can spend to seek the top municipal job. Voters go to the polls Oct. 27.
The preliminary spending limit for the mayoral race is $1,305,066, according to the city.
Individuals can donate a maximum of $2,500 to anyone trying to become mayor.
Mayor Rob Ford shrugged off Chow’s announcement.
“All the power to her,” Ford said at City Hall Tuesday. “I wish her the best of luck.”
A spokesman for the John Tory campaign refused to reveal how much money has been raised for the former Ontario PC leader’s mayoral bid.
“We’ll come out with our individual donations at a future time during the campaign,” said Tory spokesman Erika Mozes. “I’m not going to release them just because another campaign has.”
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