Wu Or Essaibi George: Who Is Winning The Cash War In Boston's Mayoral Race?

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The latest look at the coffers of the Boston mayoral candidates is in, and there is a decisive leader. According to the latest campaign finance filings released on Tuesday, City Councilor Michelle Wu's campaign ended the month of September with about $367,600 in the bank.

That's more than double the war chest of mayoral rival City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, whose latest filings with the OCPF show about $152,000 left in the bank.

The data shows both Essaibi George and Wu burned through more money than they brought in in September. Wu received about $412,000 and spent about $600,000. Essaibi George spent about $391,000 while bringing in about $260,000.

The OCPF also broke down where the money came from — a huge chunk of Wu's money in September, 62%, came from addresses outside of Boston, while Essaibi George's contributions were almost evenly split between outside the city and inside, 48-52%.

A deeper analysis finds that the vast majority of Essaibi George donations (about 95%) came from Massachusetts addresses, with about three-quarters of Wu's addresses coming from inside the state.

The amount of money each contributor donated also varied between the candidates — with half of Essaibi George's money coming from big dollar ($500 or more) donations. Wu's donations were more evenly split, with about 37% of her money coming from donations of $500 or higher and the rest mostly grouping in the $100-500 range.

The two candidates will be debating on Wednesday, October 13th at 7:00 PM, and that event will be carried live by WBZ NewsRadio.

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