Da­ley widens fundrais­ing lead, be­comes first may­oral can­di­date to top $4M

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY FRAN SPIELMAN, CITY HALL RE­PORTER fspiel­[email protected]­times.com | @fspiel­man

Bill Da­ley is widen­ing his fundrais­ing lead in the may­oral sweep­stakes — and be­com­ing the first can­di­date vy­ing to re­place Mayor Rahm Emanuel to top the $4 mil­lion mark.

In a fundrais­ing drop late Fri­day, Da­ley re­ported an­other $430,516 in con­tri­bu­tions from deep-pock­ets donors, bring­ing his to­tal to $4.11 mil­lion.

The heavy hit­ters in­clude $100,000 con­tri­bu­tions from each of the fol­low­ing: the Sa­muel Zell Re­vo­ca­ble Trust owned by the bil­lion­aire who for­merly owned the Chicago Tri­bune; By­ron Trott, CEO of BDT Cap­i­tal Part­ners; Christo­pher Reyes and M. Jude Reyes, ex­ec­u­tives of Reyes Hold­ings LLC.

David Reyes, CEO of the Reyes Beer Divi­sion, con­trib­uted $25,000 to


The lat­est money drop puts Da­ley far ahead of the field in the race for dol­lars.

It also ex­plains why he’s back on the air with yet an­other cam­paign com­mer­cial — us­ing the theme, “No more ex­cuses” — ham­mer­ing away at the is­sues of crime, taxes and Emanuel’s down­town­cen­tric de­vel­op­ment.

Da­ley’s next clos­est com­peti­tors are: Toni Preck­win­kle ($2.77 mil­lion); Gery Chico $1.57 mil­lion; Su­sana Men­doza ($1.13 mil­lion) and Garry McCarthy ($1.04 mil­lion).

Bill Da­ley

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