Fundraising for the New York City mayoral race fell sharply in the last six months as candidates dealt with the coronavirus pandemic – but it didn’t seem to slow down former federal Office and Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan, who managed to outraise the rest of the field combined.
In the latest six-month campaign finance filing period, from January 12 until July 11, Donovan – who, under President Barack Obama, also served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development and previously was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development – raised $662,000. All together, the other 11 candidates currently running raised about $594,000. Donovan announced his campaign in February, so this was his first fundraising filing, when candidates typically put up some of their strongest numbers. Donovan brought in donations from national political figures, including former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who is now an executive at Lyft, and former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who is now an executive at Amazon.