Wharton leads Memphis mayor money race

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s re-election campaign raised $412,260 in the financial reporting period that loosely mirrored the third quarter of the year while his leading fundraising opponent, City Council member Jim Strickland, raised $177,610.

Further from the Commercial Appeal:

Counting the nearly identical campaign balances Strickland and Wharton had at the midpoint of last year ($117,304 for Strickland; $115,786 for Wharton), that brings the total fundraising to almost $1.6 million for just those two candidates.

Wharton’s total is $947,892; Strickland’s is $622,285.

The two men are engaged in a fierce — and expensive — battle waged on fronts such as television ads, radio spots, consultants and poll workers. Strickland and Wharton reported spending slightly more than $1 million combined ($619,160 by Wharton; $422,553 for Strickland) in the reporting period, which ran from July 1 to Sept. 28.

A disclosure for a third high-profile candidate, Harold Collins, was not posted at the Shelby County Election Commission’s website as of the close of business Thursday. In late August, Collins said his campaign raised about $175,000.

Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams reported raising $37,661 as of Sept. 21, bringing his fundraising total to $43,864. But Williams filed in advance of an email to candidates from the Election Commission that changed the reporting period to end on Sept. 28, not a week earlier. Reports were due Thursday.