London Breed has catapulted her mayoral war chest to rival the sizable financial backing of former state Sen. Mark Leno amid allegations that sexism and racism led to her ouster as acting mayor.
Maggie Muir, her campaign manager, told the San Francisco Examiner that Breed has raised more than $300,000 since announcing her bid for mayor less a month ago on Jan. 5. Breed is now closer to matching Leno in terms of campaign contributions than other candidates.
Campaign finance records released Wednesday show Leno brought in around $418,000 in contributions in 2017. Leno’s campaign spokesperson Erin Mundy said he has raised an additional $62,000 since.
Breed is still struggling though.
The news comes after the Board of Supervisors removed Breed from her position as acting mayor last Tuesday and chose Mark Farrell as interim mayor. Breed is now back to serving solely as the president of the Board of Supervisors.
Muir said Breed raised the funding from more than 1,000 donors. Breed’s time as acting mayor may have also given her a bump in name recognition with voters, which political insiders speculated could help her gain ground over Leno’s spending.
It’s still Leno’s race to lose.