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Gray out raises Fenty in last 3 mos.

Washington Post editors

Vincent C. Gray out raised Mayor Adrian M. Fenty during the past three months, but Fenty mayor begins the summer campaign season with nearly ten times as much cash in the bank as the council chairman, according to campaign finance reports released Friday.

Since entering the race last March, Gray took in $561,000, including a $25,000 personal loan to his campaign. Fenty, who has been raising money for his reelection campaign for more than a year, raised $475,000 during the same time, the reports show.

Fenty now has about $3.3 million in the bank. Gray reports about $371,000 in the bank.

Despite lagging Fenty in the overall money race, Gray advisers called his fundraising "impressive," saying it shows he will have the resources needed to mount a credible campaign. According to the Gray campaign, they had twice as many donors as Fenty had, noting nearly six of 10 Gray's contributions came in checks of $100 or less.

"To see this level of financial support in such a short period of time is truly remarkable, and humbling," said Adam Rubinson, Gray's campaign manager. "The sheer number of people willing to invest in Vince and his campaign demonstrates just how intensely people want to see a change of leadership in the District of Columbia."

--Tim Craig

By Washington Post editors  |  June 11, 2010; 8:51 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Vincent C. Gray, mayoral  
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Who would want Gray in office?

All the folks who want to ride the give me money gov't gravy train!

Anyone that has any intelligence will vote for Fenty! Just look at what he has accomplished!

Posted by: NTRLVR | June 11, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Notice how the Fenty supporter NTRLVR is just as vague as Fenty - making claims with no verifiable facts to back them up.

Posted by: efavorite | June 11, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Friends: Not directly on this precise topic, but very pertinent to the Fenty record, there is a new article today in the New York Times, exploring the pervasive and egregious tampering with standardized test scores in school districts that have adopted incentive systems akin to that touted by Fenty and Rhee. I recommend it to all.

Here's a link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37624920

Posted by: nan_lynn | June 11, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

NTRLVR:

I want Gray in office even though I live in California. Do you want to know why?

Because I believe that Gray can improve education in DC without trashing the teachers.

I hope teachers everywhere will contribute to Gray's campaign.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | June 11, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well from the first comment to be posted this is an individual for fenty. This show Fenty staff if they where about the people at hand, that the real working class of people are not happy with Fenty and are putting their money and vote for gray and seeing working class not feeling comfort with fenty for jobs and the future, and the miss leading information on the higher test score at public school that their was some improper school's cheating on test and not tell the parents is fully not good. Some one is answering our prayers for new leadership in our government.

Posted by: littleaaron01 | June 11, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well from the first comment to be posted this is an individual for fenty. This show Fenty staff if they where about the people at hand, that the real working class of people are not happy with Fenty and are putting their money and vote for gray and seeing working class not feeling comfort with fenty for jobs and the future, and the miss leading information on the higher test score at public school that their was some improper school's cheating on test and not tell the parents is fully not good. Some one is answering our prayers for new leadership in our government.

Posted by: littleaaron01 | June 11, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

NTRLVR... spoken like a true FENTY supporter.

If you don't understand why so many people are unhappy with Fenty and are backing Grey because of it by now... it's your own intelligence you should question, not everyone elses.

Haven't you heard the saying that if one person says it... it may not be true but thousands say it, you might want to pay attention? Well thousands have been saying for at least two years that they are unhappy with Fenty and how he is running the city and how he responds to the citizens but you all havent heard a word.

So now you resort to name calling. Yes thats it... you are the only intelligent one here and the rest of us "dummies" are kicking you AND Fenty out the door.

SEE YA!

Posted by: tformation | June 11, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

What is the big suprise here? Gray kicked his campaign off in April. That is also alot of Union Money.

Fenty raised about 90 grand less but he has probably shifted from focusing on individual fundraisers to election tactics. 90 grand is about three fundraisers for Fenty.

Maybe Gray can spend some of that money on figuring out how explain him how he got that agency put into recievership.

Posted by: politicalrealist | June 11, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Fenty has an arrogant, disengaged public persona, but the progress that has been made under his leadership cannot be denied (Increased student test scores by as much as 11%,the largest gain in the entire country, outpaced the nation with a 7.2% reduction in violent crime from 2008 to 2009, including cutting
homicides to the lowest level in 40 years, vastly improved parks and facilities around the city) and DC is a better place to live and raise a family because of it.

In the process, Fenty has stirred a hornet's nest in gutting the deadwood of the school system and asking for accountability. Having worked in the DC schools, I know there are too many teachers set on just doing the same thing they have for decades as one of the worst systems in the country, this clearly isn't good enough. Lighting a fire under them or outright letting them go and replacing them with highly trained, motivated new blood is the right thing to do for our children and our city. Unfortunately, this has angered many in the teacher's union and much of this anger has spilled over into the black community – which ironically stands to gain the most by improved schools. It is unfortunate and I hope that teachers and citizens alike will consider the best interest of the city and its children and vote to keep Fenty and Rhee at the helm. The old way of doing things (read: pandering to unions and decreasing efficiency of public operations) is what Grey has to offer and that has never been good enough.

Posted by: npjutr | June 11, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If you have donated $5 to Gray for Mayor, please send another $50.

If you have donated $10 to Gray for Mayor, please send another $100.

If you have donated $25 to Gray for Mayor, please send another $250.

If you have donated $50 to Gray for Mayor,please send another $500.

Please volunteer for Gray for Mayor and do everything possible to throw King Fenty out of office.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 11, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

ashafer_usa,

Come on, show some class. This isn't the Vince Gray election site. I know that his PR staff posts consistently. But, can we leave the actual fundraising to the candidates? Ridiculous!

Posted by: politicalrealist | June 11, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, npjutr -- let's see the source of your claims about the schools - facts count, right?

Where does that 11% come from - don't just tell us, show us the links to official information.

Last night Fenty said our white kids were top in the nation and the black kids were 3rd or 4th. (Even his supporters didn't clap at that remark. I think they couldn't believe what they were hearing). What Fenty didn't mention (but Alexander did) is that they are 3rd from the bottom - ahead of newark and detroit.

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2007/2007497DC8.pdf

Posted by: efavorite | June 11, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

efavorite,

Were people supposed to clap for that? It is a naked fact. And, they couldn't beleive what they were hearing? Are you kidding?

DCPS was the crappiest school system in the nation. The fact that they are fourth in anything related to education is a major accomplishment. Are you having selective memory loss?

Gray supporters want to judge the Mayor in a vaccum. That is, they conveniently ignore the tremendous damage done to the district in almost 30 years of crappy leadership. They see a current problem and it is the mayors fault. But, on the other hand, if they see any improvement...it was someone elses accomplishment.

If you asked them what are five things Fenty has done well...there minds wouldn't allow them to admit one.

Posted by: politicalrealist | June 11, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I was duped in 2006 when Adrian Fenty ran for mayor. I contributed to his campaign, had his sign on my lawn and voted for him. I feel so foolish now.

While Vincent Gray has not yet earned my support, Adrian Fenty has worked hard for my opposition. I'm sure of at least that much this time around.

Posted by: DCResident22 | June 11, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Where to send the cash?

Posted by: drfields | June 11, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow?

Posted by: drfields | June 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Two words: Linda Cropp

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 11, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Politicalrealist - Fenty was implying that black kids were 3rd or 4th from the top - that's why his supporters stopped in mid clap. As much as they approve of Fenty, they knew what he was saying couldn't be true. Of course Fenty was simply trying to mislead by leaving out a few words, so I was delighted when Alexander made it clear that the scores were third from the bottom.

Keep on posting, politicalrealist - I think your style is a lot like Fenty's and I want more voters to experience it.

Posted by: efavorite | June 11, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Gray is 67 and has spent most of his life working for non-profits and for people with disabilities. This is the kind of guy I want to be Mayor, because I don't think a "world class" city can truly claim that unless it cares for all of us.

I grew up poor and though now I am middle class I have never forgotten where I came frome. I see something similiar in Gray and that is why he has my vote.

Posted by: tacard1 | June 11, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

If you voted for Fenty the obvious Obama band booster, then you really do have a screw loose.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 11, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Gray is a better choice here, a little corrupt but a better choice.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 11, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I am confused? Did the Teachers Union not have a head who stole millions of dollars. Just b/c unions are generally good does not mean that every union and every thing they do or have done is good. Somebody had to clean up the D.C. Schools. You may not like the Mayor or Michelle Rhee but somebody had to put their foot down. Who is more important a couple of hundred bad apple teachers or thousands of students?

Posted by: hydraulicfracturing | June 13, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

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