Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | City Councilman Brian Maienschein brought in almost twice as much in campaign contributions as any of his opponents in the first two and a half months of 2008, according to campaign statements filed Monday.
Maienschein’s success in fundraising places him in a strong position vis-à-vis his four opponents as the councilman already has more than $250,000 in campaign funds tucked away from an uncontested City Council reelection run in 2004.
The amount of money each candidate can raise is likely to be a crucial factor in a city attorney race featuring several high-profile candidates. The hopefuls will have to struggle in the coming months to set themselves apart in a field that includes two sitting city councilmen, a former Poway mayor and an incumbent who has spent four publicity-rich years in office.
Incumbent City Attorney Mike Aguirre raised $7,474 from Jan. 1 through March 17, compared to Maienschein’s $67,798. City Councilman Scott Peters raised $22,865 in monetary contributions and loaned his own campaign $45,000 for a total of $67,865. Judge Jan Goldsmith came in second to Maienschein in contributions. He brought in $38,644. And Democratic attorney Amy Lepine raised $501.
Goldsmith also raised $8,220 in the last few months of last year, bringing his total raised in the race to $46,864. Aguirre had raised $4,619 by the end of last year, so his total raised to date is $12,093.66. Maienschein’s war chest now totals $317,798 after Monday’s filings. None of the other candidates brought in money prior to Jan. 1.
In the less-crowded mayor’s race, money is still shaping up to be a key issue. Challenger Steve Francis continued to spend his personal funds at a rapid rate, plugging $1.2 million of his own money into his mayoral campaign between Jan. 1 and March 17. Combined with the $185,266 Francis contributed or loaned to his campaign in 2007, the businessman has given a total of more than $1.38 million to his candidacy.