Three Durham Mayoral Candidates Have Raised More Than $260,000. Where’s the Money Coming From?

Three Durham Mayoral Candidates Have Raised More Than $260,000. Where’s the Money Coming From?

This year’s mayoral race in Durham is shaping up to be one of the city’s most expensive municipal elections yet, as candidates vie to set the tone of the Bull City after sixteen years of Mayor Bill Bell’s leadership.

According to the most recent campaign finance reports—which cover campaign contributions through August 29—Farad Ali‘s account holds $109,484.86; Pierce Freelon‘s, $96,676.59; and Steve Schewel‘s, $74,074.50. Other candidates in the race have raised no more than $1,600.

With so much cash flowing into the election, we decided to map where each of those donations is coming from. In order to do this, we deducted aggregated individual donations, for which no address is required. Donations fall in this category if the donor has given $50 or less in the election.…

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