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Fenty Re-Election Bid: $2 Million and Counting...

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has raised more than $2 million for his re-election campaign with more than 1 1/2 years go to before the 2010 election, a whopping total that could serve to scare off any serious challengers.

In his first campaign finance report for Fenty 2010, the mayor showed that he's applied the lessons from his formidable 2006 effort to his re-election bid: start early and get out on the trail often. The mayor has held a number of fundraisers, including a massive birthday party in December at the home of a developer and an event at Georgia Brown's restaurant last week, the same day as he lunched with Michelle Obama there.

In 2006, Fenty raised a total of $3.8 million, besting his top competitor, former D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp and setting an all-time record for a mayoral race in the city. He bought a number of television ads and had so much money coming in that he had to return $45,000.

Fenty's campaign fund-raising effort is being spear-headed by John Falcicchio, who has been with Fenty since the first mayoral campaign and is known as "Johnny Business" for his dedication to the job. Though D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) are often rumored to be interested in challenging Fenty, both have said they are content in their current jobs and have denied thinking about running this go-round.

Fenty lists 2,126 contributors, with many giving the maximum $2,000. Among the big names are developers from Akridge Co. and William C. Smith, executives from Pepco and Marriott, lawyers from Holland and Knight and Arent Fox, employees of LSG Strategies (the political campaign consulting firm owned by Fenty campaign manager Tom Lindenfeld), Nationals owner Ted Lerner and his family (which gave $16,000 all told), D.C. Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra ($1,000), all sorts of developers, real estate companies and construction companies, and D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser ($500).

But D.C.'s newest big-name resident -- Barack Obama -- isn't found on the list even though Fenty had endorsed him two years ago. Of course, there's still plenty of time to donate.

By David A Nakamura  |  February 3, 2009; 5:45 AM ET
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The people in DC need to remember that Fenty is being endorsed by all the big business people responsible for the level of gentrification in this city that has cost schools, libraries, shelters, and the countless migrations of washingtonians being forced out of the city into PG County because of rising costs. It doesn't matter how much money he has for ads, we just need somebody to run against him.

Posted by: lidiworks1 | February 3, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

one thing is for sure... at any point during the day or night, you can find Fenty somewhere on some channel with his head shining like a beacon of spending waste and failed promises.

I will miss him if he goes...

Posted by: indep2 | February 3, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait for someone to give Fenty a good fight. I didn't vote for him and never will, he made promises that he hasn't kept regarding the school system.....and other things as well......but when it comes to politics in Washington,DC it's about the money......if he gets another 4 years, i might have to leave DC....

Posted by: DC1967 | February 3, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully there is a "DC Obama" out there who will successfully challenge business as usual and be able to get huge numbers of ordinary citizens to raise enough in small amounts to overcome Fenty. I'm ready to give what I gave to Fenty the last time to any serious contender.

Where are you?

Posted by: efavorite | February 3, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Man, some people just gripe as a matter of course. . .

Fenty's been fantastic. He's working hard, responsive to the people, running the city well, finally making some great changes with the schools, keeping the streets clean from snow and ice and picking up the trash and recylables. What a fantastic breath of fresh air for a city that's too long been struggling.

Obama showed that money goes to the best among us, and the best among us can raise the most money. Good for Obama and Fenty!

Posted by: Sonyask | February 3, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

He (Fenty) was more responsive when he was running for Mayor. Trash and recyclables not being picked up in my neighborhood; packing schools with students in order to close and sell school buildings to developers; crippling public education in the city; an increase in the number of serious crimes by juveniles...Fenty shows that money can buy a Mayor and dictate public policy which benefits only those downtown and in selected neighborhoods.

Posted by: Robmic812 | February 3, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Wow these are interesting comments. If our schools are better than we must not be talking about the District of Columbia Public Schools System. Where are the electives for our students. The mandatory electives that have some how missed our senior high schools. Where is the money really going that we pay for Driver's Education. Not in the schools as posted in the Motor Vehicle Service Centers. Where are our test scores not higher than when the removed qualified, certified, credentialed Superintendent. Do you go to a Doctor that did not pass the State Board of the Doctor's practice? Our students deserve the best and we talk that talk but walk another walk.

Time for change and I don't mean 2 million dollars of change!

Posted by: patrice_a_richardson | February 3, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Did you contact the mayor about your trash and recyclables not being picked up? That's the first time I've heard that in years. I'd bet you'd see a response quick if you picked up the phone.

Crime's way down from a decade ago. Hey, the developers are making money all over the place, but you're going to blame the Mayor for that?

Schools are getting better and are going to get better. We have never in our history seen the sort of dedication this mayor shows to uproot a serious problem.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 3, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask - please show us your source of information indicating that crime is down and the schools are getting better and better

Posted by: efavorite | February 3, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

How proactive of Mayor Fenty to be funding his "war chest" at this stage of his term. If I were in a position to vote for him, I would be much more interested in seeing more positive change and seeing some of that proactivism channeled towards averting financial disaster for DC. On the positive side, he is no Marion Barry and I hope the majority of DC voters are thankful for that. He could do a lot for his future mayoral aspirations by dumping Chancellor Michelle Rhee and hiring someone with not only knowledge and experience in running a school system, but dedicated to the mission of improving educational opportunities for DC's children, rather than self-serving motives in advancing their own agenda.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | February 4, 2009 3:42 AM | Report abuse

Johnny Business is getting the business done. Yet again.

Posted by: SMKDC1 | February 4, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

My name is Linda Fenty Best I was researching to see if Adrian Fenty was
related to me, because the last name
Fenty is not commom. I also enjoyed
reading about Adrian he seems to have
some great things going for him. I wish
him the best even if we are not related


Posted by: lbee51 | February 6, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

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