Mayor Ed Lee and Rose Pak's attempt to maintain power at City Hall will (most likely) prove fruitful come November. (City Hall insiders tell SFist that it's pretty much a done deal at this point, more or less, so point your angry emails in another direction, please.) Campaign Lee has managed to raise more money in just seven weeks than his opponents — "including those who have been running for mayor for more than a year." Which is remarkable considering Lee has never ran for public office before.
SF Examiner reports:
Lee, seen as the favorite in the battle to be San Francisco’s next elected mayor, surpassed the fundraising totals of candidates such as former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who launched his bid for The City’s top elected office in 2009, and state Sen. Leland Yee and City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who began raising cash last year. Dufty has raised $616,800 so far, Yee has raised $586,550 and Herrera has collected $718,723 in contributions, the second highest of the 11 main mayoral candidates behind Lee.
Although candidates can receive up to $900,000 in public funds, Lee and his campaign leaders are "not accepting public financing." Numerous contributors have thrown money at Lee's campaign, including "real estate firms, contractors, construction firms, venture capitalists, tech workers and numerous city government employees."