Campaign cash in Nashville mayor’s race: $3.7M so far

Initial campaign finance disclosures in Nashville’s mayoral race show the candidates collectively have raised $3.7 million as of Jan. 15, reports the Tennessean.

(David) Fox, a former hedge-fund operator and ex-chairman of the Metro school board, reported giving himself a $1,050,000 personal loan, following through on an investment he had promised. Combined with $253,030 in contributions, he reported a total campaign haul of $1.3 million, with $1,046,363 still on hand to spend — the most of any of the seven candidates vying to be mayor.

…Technically, charter school founder Jeremy Kane raised the most money from individuals during the past six-month reporting period, $310,000, barely beating out business executive Linda Eskind Rebrovick, who raised $308,000. Rebrovick, however, added a $350,000 personal loan of her own for a total haul of $658,463.

…Two candidates, (Charles Robert) Bone and Megan Barry, entered the mayor’s race before the five others and therefore got a head-start in fundraising efforts during the first half of 2014. It shows in their total fundraising amounts.

Bone, an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton, added another $250,000 to his campaign war chest over the past six months, giving him a total of $765,000 campaign dollars to date and $492,000 still to spend, second behind Fox. That includes a $200,000 personal loan from June.