• Catherine Carlton: $10,930 plus a $5,000 loan from herself. "I am asking everyone, really, to donate. Friends, family, random strangers I just met at the Farmers' Market," she said.
• Kelly Fergusson: $9,976 plus a $5,000 loan from herself. How much is she willing to invest in her third run for council? "$30,000, potentially more if I need to respond to negative campaigning." • Ray Mueller: $6,304, plus a $2,700 loan from himself. "When I started to run, I was told I needed $30,000. I don't think that's true," Mr. Mueller said. He set some limits — no more than $500 from any single donor, and no funds from employee unions, although he would accept their endorsement.
• Carolyn Clarke: $2,230. The seven donors listed on her report include former mayor Steve Schmidt, who has endorsed her,
Developer David Bohannon is not playing favorites; he donated $500 to each candidate.
The California Real Estate Political Action Committee gave $500 to Mr. Mueller and $1,000 to Ms. Carlton. They share other donors — former councilman John Boyle ($200); former councilwoman Lee Duboc ($100); downtown property owner Nancy Couperus ($50); and developer Kim LeMieux ($250).
Ms. Fergusson showed more donations from those outside Menlo Park than the other candidates. Burlingame councilwoman Cathryn Baylock gave $100; Novato councilwoman Madeline Kellner donated $50. Residents of Palo Alto, Oakland, Los Altos and East Palo Alto added to the geographic diversity.
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