Slay raising big money for 2013 re-election bid, while Dooley not raising cash yet for 2014
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is underscoring his plans to seek an unprecedented fourth term with his latest campaign-finance report, which shows him collecting about $310,000 in donations since Jan. 1.
The mayor, a Democrat first elected in 2001, now has more than $1.2 million in the bank about a year out from the 2013 election. Based on his fundraising pace, he’s likely to break $2 million later this year.
But if St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, also a Democrat, is planning to run for re-election in 2014, he hasn’t begun raising money for it.
Dooley’s report showed that the county’s chief official – who raised and spent money at a frenzied pace in the past – only raised $2,000 so far this year. He last won re-election in 2010, in a spirited contest with Republican Bill Corrigan.
The lack of money-raising activity fits in with Dooley’s comments to the Beacon last week, in which he said that it was “too early to discuss 2014” and that he wasn’t focusing on any possible re-election effort.
Dooley added that he was paying more attention to helping other area Democrats on ballots this fall. A spokesman said later that Dooley may be asking donors to give to some of those other Democrats.
As for Slay, the mayor’s report shows that he’s collecting hefty sums from two groups often on opposing sides: business and labor.
The mayor’s more intriguing donors include Harbour Group founder Sam Fox, one of the state’s top Republican contributors. Fox gave $10,000 to Slay’s re-election committee; that’s in addition to $5,000 that Fox donated earlier.
Meanwhile, Slay’s most likely 2013 challenger – St. Louis Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, a fellow Democrat and one-time ally – raised just under $25,000 during the last three months and reported $155,000 in the bank.
Here are the latest campaign-finance details for Slay, Reed and Dooley:
Raised: $310,829 for the period ($1,856,917.82 overall)
Spent: $61,563.80 ($893,663.12 overall)
On hand: $1,225,898.26
Raised: $24,977.15 for the period ($250,971.91 overall)
Spent: $19,193.46 for the period ($125,847.86 overall)
On hand: $155,410.93
Raised: $2,000 ($159,269.85 overall)
Spent: $9,497.49 ($75,407.30 overall)
On hand: $64,042.41