Statesman.com reports. As the candidates head into the last week of the contest, Brigid Shea has about $30,000 more remaining in her war chest than incumbent mayor Lee Leffingwell.
Leffingwell was able to raise
more than three times what Shea raised since the fall when the campaign
began. Leffingwell has collected more than $59,000 from supporters
since early April and still has $54,387. Shea only raised $30,854
during the same time period, but because of her loans, she still has
$84,551 left to spend.
Austin City Council candidates are only
allowed to raise $350 per person, an amount many local political experts
say is not enough to run for a citywide contest. Supporters are also
allowed to solicit donations on a candidates behalf, which is called
bundling. Shea and others are against this bundling because they say it
serves as a way for lobbyists and employees of big firms to have an
unfair advantage for their causes with city council members.
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