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Quinn leads in mayoral fundraising race

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, center,

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, center, walks with friends and family during a "Walk and Talk" tour as part of her announcement to run for mayor in New York. Quinn has formally launched what she hopes will be a history-making mayoral bid this fall, because if she elected, she would be both the first woman and the first openly gay person to hold the office of mayor of New York. Photo Credit: AP

Former city Comptroller Bill Thompson had the biggest fundraising haul in the past two months among Democrats running for mayor, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn still has the largest war chest, according to figures provided by the campaigns yesterday.

Thompson, who narrowly lost to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009, brought in about $600,000, twice what he had earned in the previous period. He has raised $3.4 million to date.

Quinn's reported take for the latest period was about $510,000. She has about $7.2 million in total private funds raised and is at $11.3 million with anticipated public matching funds. She reached the maximum allowable expenditure for the primary a year ago.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, also a Democrat, reported about $240,000 raised for the period, his campaign said. He did not release his current totals, but two months ago reported $3.7 million raised. With expected matching funds, he will reach the primary cap, his campaign said.

Comptroller John Liu was fourth among the Democrats, raising more than $104,000 during the March 11-May 11 period, his campaign said. He has raised $3.3 million to date.

Republican and Gristedes supermarket chain owner John Catsimatidis, who is financing his campaign from his own pockets, has added $2 million to his account since January, his campaign said. He has $1.1 million in cash on hand.

George McDonald, a Republican and founder of the Doe Fund, loaned $125,000 to his campaign and had $3,580 in contributions, his campaign said.

Democrat and former Councilman Sal Albanese's campaign said it did not expect to release its fundraising numbers until this morning.

The campaign of Republican and former MTA chairman Joe Lhota did not return a request for filing.

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