Money spent on this year's mayoral race in Baltimore is easily surpassing previous election-year totals.
According to campaign finance reports filed Friday, the top seven Democrats running for mayor have spent more than $5.6 million during the campaign. Three political action committees also have invested heavily in the primary politicking — pushing the total past $6 million.
During the 2011 campaign, which Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won, the four leading candidates spent a total of about $3.3 million. During the 2007 campaign, the candidates spent less than $3 million.
This year, businessman and philanthropist David L. Warnock has spent the most money — much of it on television advertising. Warnock has reported $2.4 million in expenditures. He has loaned his campaign nearly $1.8 million of his own money. He has $85,000 in campaign cash on hand.
State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh has spent more than $1.1 million and has $202,000 on hand as the race enters its final days. She's received many high-dollar contributions, including $6,000 from City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, $6,000 from Columbia-based financier J.P. Grant, $5,250 from the city firefighters union, and $4,000 each from developer David S. Brown and Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO David D. Smith.
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon has spent more than $850,000 on her campaign. She has $184,000 on hand. Her contributions include $6,000 from Donahoo & Sons LLC, $6,000 from Young, $3,000 from Grant and $2,500 from former NBA all-star Sam Cassell.
Lawyer Elizabeth Embry has spent more than $400,000 on her campaign. She has $196,000 on hand. Her contributions include $6,000 from philanthropist Robert E. Meyerhoff and $2,000 from Knott Mechanical, Inc.
City Councilman Carl Stokes has spent more than $300,000 during his campaign and has $49,000 on hand. His contributions include $6,000 from Young and $1,000 each from developers Bill Struever and Steve Whalen.
Prominent activist DeRay Mcckesson has spent more than $218,000. He has $88,000 on hand. His high-dollar donations include $6,000 each from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Silicon Valley investor Chris Sacca.
City Councilman Nick J. Mosby, who dropped out of the race this week, spent more than $374,000 on his campaign.
A group called Citizens for a Better Baltimore, bankrolled by Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos, has spent $292,000 to promote Stokes. A PAC called Clean Slate Baltimore, funded by a construction workers labor union, has spent $223,000 on television ads to support Pugh and criticize Dixon. The Mobilization Project PAC, funded by a carpenters labor union, has received $225,000 to support Dixon.