Cranley fundraising outpaces Qualls

Jul 31, 2013

John Cranley has a fundraising edge over Roxanne Qualls in the Cincinnati mayor’s race, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday.

Cranley, a former Cincinnati City Council member, had raised about $472,000 compared to $348,000 for Qualls, the city’s vice mayor.

According to the campaign finance reports, Cranley had about $264,000 in the bank as of June 30, the last day of the reporting period. Qualls had a cash-on-hand balance of about $192,000.

P.G. Sittenfeld, a Democrat on city council running for a second term, did nearly as well as the mayoral candidates.

Sittenfeld raised nearly $279,000, including nearly $212,000 this year. He has nearly $240,000 cash on hand. Sittenfeld spent nearly $306,000 to be elected in 2011, the most by any candidate in that race.

Cranley and Qualls, both Democrats, are among three candidates in the Sept. 10 mayoral primary. The third candidate is independent Queen Noble. A fourth candidate, Libertarian Jim Berns, dropped out of the race Wednesday.

Cranley’s campaign said Wednesday it is on pace to raise $1 million for his campaign. Qualls’ campaign said it had more than 1,100 individual donors during the first half of the year.