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Fletcher, DeMaio campaigns cross $1 million

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The youngest candidates in San Diego’s mayoral race continued their fundraising success during the most recent contribution period.

In the campaign contribution period between March 18 and May 19, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio received $372,590 in campaign contributions while Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher brought in $302,886, according to disclosure statements filed with the city clerk.

That brings their respective fundraising totals to $1.6 million and $1.3 million, respectively.

The disclosure period covers the time since Fletcher announced his departure from the Republican Party on March 28.

DeMaio donated another $180,000 to his mayoral bid during the period, bringing his election-long total to $725,631 of his personal wealth.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis raised just $50,292 for her campaign, bringing her total to $617,204.

She did, however, see a new independent expenditure committee, or Super PAC, supporting her candidacy bring in $118,000. Almost all of that total — $100,000 of it — came from a foreign national living in Coronado named Susumo Azano and his aircraft, Airsam N492RM.

Another independent expenditure group, icPurple Inc., has also aired TV ads in support of Fletcher and other independent candidates nationwide.

Its co-founder, La Jolla's Ted Waitt, one of the business leaders to join Movement to the Middle in support of Fletcher, donated $500 to Fletcher's mayoral campaign during the period, and $81,272 to icPurple.

IcPurple has spent a total of $106,707 thus far, all of it on TV ad purchases and production costs.

Congressman Bob Filner outraised Dumanis during the period, bringing in $113,465. He’s now raised $425,856 over the course of his campaign.

Other IE committees continued to raise large sums in support of the four mayoral candidates, with San Diegans for Nathan Fletcher leading the way. The Super PAC has now raised $383,500 in total contributions this year after bringing in $122,500 during this period.

Taxpayers for Carl DeMaio, the IE group in support of the councilman, has now raised $147,242.

Two labor-backed IE committees opposing DeMaio’s candidacy have also generated big fundraising totals, combining for $561,601. San Diegans for Retirement Security has raised $321,096 in total contributions this year, while Too Extreme for San Diego has raised $240,505.

The official campaigns as well as the IE groups began spending their hauls in earnest during the just-closed filing period, putting most of their money into media buys and direct mail pieces.

Filner has been the only candidate yet to air any TV ads as of the filing deadline, but has since managed to buy airtime.

One notable donor to Fletcher was managing director of Bain Capital Andrew Balson of Newton, Mass., who donated the maximum $500. The private equity company has been in national news lately due to a campaign ad by President Barack Obama attacking Mitt Romney for his record there as CEO.

Romney, who has a home in La Jolla, previously donated the maximum to Fletcher’s campaign.

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