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Coming soon, to a theater near you: Fenty, the $3.6 million man

Washington Post Editor

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has fortified his re-election war chest considerably, posting nearly $3.6 million in his latest campaign finance filing. And he did it with a little help from Hollywood.

With eight months to go before the Democratic primary, the mayor is rapidly approaching the $3.8 million he raised for his 2006 campaign, including the general election. Fenty collected more than $818,000 in contributions from August 1 through Monday. Despite sagging poll numbers, he so far faces no high-profile challengers.

The mayor had an unusual number of contributions from the Los Angeles entertainment industry. D.C. Wire will post a total later, but easily-spotted contributions came from James Lassiter, actor Will Smith's longtime partner at Overbrook Entertainment; and company president Miguel Melendez. Meanwhile, "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath shelled out $1,000 each.

Will Smith play Fenty on the big screen someday? Or could Fenty get "Lost?"

-- Nikita Stewart

By By Nikita Stewart  |  February 2, 2010; 7:49 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Comments

He needs to get lost and stop acting like DC is his own playground.

Posted by: robevans2 | February 2, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Go Fenty!!! get that cash and drop the competition!

4 more years! 4 more years!

Posted by: caseythekid | February 2, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Poison kool aid will kill you and black democrats have already decided that it would be suicide to continue with King Fenty. He can raise 10 million, but we will not fall for his medicine this time.

Posted by: bill121 | February 2, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that folks that don't live in DC want to contribute, yet they don't live here. Vincent Gray, all the way! Tired of Fenty's celebrity style...be the mayor and not looking for the next PR event.

Posted by: SaveDC1 | February 2, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ask Fenty's law school classmates what a dope he was. Enough said. It's sad that in the US, we tolerate clowns like Fenty, especially in the Nation's Capital.

Fenty: Go to a nightclub if you think this is what your work is about. You have failed the people of DC, and what's worse is, you probably don't give a damn.

Posted by: FiatBooks | February 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. "Foreign" (meaning non-DC) money to pad Mayor Skippy's campaign war chest.

But the real question is "Why?". Nothing happens concerning Fenty that doesn't involve a quid pro quo of some sort.

What's in it for the showbiz folks? Are these people looking to cash in on the privatizing of DCPS, like Fenty's other "foreign" moneybags? Or is it a different agenda that they're pushing?

Posted by: nan_lynn | February 2, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The voters of DC need to show Fenty that the vote of one registered DC voter is worth more than a $1,000 contribution from California.

Posted by: loved1 | February 2, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

As a native "older" and "entrenched"
African American Washingtonian, according to fly boy William Lightfoot, and also a Native American and DC homeowner, who will not leave or be forced out of the District of Columbia or my home and neighborhood under any circumstances, I am more than happy to inform William Lightfoot, Ben Soto, Adrian Fenty, Michelle Rhee, The Washington Post, New York Times, Charlie Rose Show, Time Magazine, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, LA,CA's Charles King, Terrence Howard, J.J. Abrams, Katie McGrath, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Eli and Edythe Broad, Phil Ivey, and whomever else needs to be informed that African American, White, Hispanic, and all other District of Columbia residents will be the ones to decide and vote into office this city's next mayor. If the rich and powerful in DC, MD, DE, NJ, NYC, CA, or even in Saudi Arabia for that matter want to throw money into Fenty's coffers, have at it. Let every rich non-DC and DC resident that wishes to do so empty out their bank accounts and Washington Post reporters and editorialists keep writing "Oh What A Wonderful World of Fenty DC" articles. None of this will mean a hill of beans in the end come September 14, 2010. Bottom line, District of Columbia residents will decide whether they actually want and can be bought by Fenty's money to make this town exclusively home of the rich and famous. All DC residents be sure to stand up and make your voices heard loud and clear at the ballot box in September. In the meantime, for a breath of fresh air, please seriously look at and consider
DC 2010 Mayoral Candidate Leo Alexander. Visit Leo Alexander's website at www.leoalexanderformayor.com and do read his position on major issues of importance to all DC residents. Peace!

Posted by: debra21756JCG | February 2, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

dont waste your friends money Vince Gray...you haven't made the case. one party rule...thanks for nothing Carol Schwartz.

Posted by: billthrice | February 3, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

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