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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 12:18 pm, Thu Jan 17, 2013.

In the 2013 race for Borough Hall, it’s City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) by a mile so far — when it comes to fundraising.

In the first campaign finance reports filed for this year’s city elections, Vallone reported having raised $1,050,646. The former prosecutor and son of former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. has spent about 20 percent of that total, or $201,692, according to Campaign Finance Board records posted online.

The next closest candidate was Melinda Katz, the former councilwoman and assemblywoman from Forest Hills, who reported raising about a third of Vallone’s total, $299,496, and spending $52,467.

Placing third in the crowded field when it comes to bringing in the money was state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who filed a total of $134,680 in contributions — less than half what Katz has raised — and $62,689 in expenditures.

In fourth place is Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), leader of the Queens delegation to the City Council. Comrie has raised $61,151 while spending $34,673.

Fifth place goes to Barry Grodenchik, the former deputy borough president under Helen Marshall, who’ll be stepping down at the end of the year. Grodenchik has brought in $56,773 and spent $13,896.

Last among the Borough Hall hopefuls is state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has raised $6,857 and spent $275.

Fundraising for mayor

The amounts raised by the candidates running for mayor are of course far larger — at least for some of the hopefuls.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) has a commanding lead, having brought in $6,195,202 and spent $912,227.

Quinn’s closest rival is fellow Democrat and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who reported raising $3,543,923.

Just behind de Blasio is Comptroller John Liu, also a Democrat, who has raised $3,124,089 while spending $1,096,778.

Bill Thompson Jr., the former city comptroller and 2009 Democratic opponent of Mayor Bloomberg, comes in fourth place, with $2,449,312 on the revenue side and $604,999 on the expenditure side.

Next in line is former Bronx Borough President Adolpho Carrion, a Democrat who is seeking to run on the Republican line and has raised $1,032,259 while spending $154,516.

Right on Carrion’s tail is supermarket chain owner John Catsimatidis, a Republican, who reported bringing in an even $1,000,000 while sending out $3,811.

Next among the candidates is community newspaper publisher Tom Allon, who also switched from the Democratic to Republican parties to run for City Hall, and who has raised $359,697 and spent $352,255.

Next is Republican George McDonald, head of the nonprofit social-service Doe Fund, with $277,531 on the revenue side and $122,553 on the expenditure side.

Last among the candidates who have raised more than $100,000 to run for mayor is former Democratic Brooklyn Councilman Sal Albanese, who has brought in $134,615 and sent out $10,798.

Behind those candidates is a mix of also-rans who’ve raised as much as $14,000 and as little as $400.

The figures raised by two other people are also notable.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the Forest Hills Democrat, is still listed as a candidate for mayor, and is shown to have raised $5,142,551 while spending $678,509.

And Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a Democrat who had been a candidate for mayor but now is running for comptroller, reported bringing in $2,744,804 and sending out $458,975.

Election Day will be held less than 10 months from now.

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