But Bahr and his team aren’t in panic mode.
In fact, campaign manager Kyle Fisk said the campaign essentially took December off in terms of “aggressive” and “proactive” fund-raising.
“However, we did not take December off,” Fisk said.
“Part of the last six weeks of this campaign has been building the finance team. We have a very, very strong finance team with members that have raised money for U.S. congressmen, U.S. senators’ races (and) a presidential race,” he said. “We have some very, very capable people on our finance team.”
Candidates for public office must file statements of campaign contributions and expenditures with the City Clerk’s Office on the first day of each month. But since Jan. 1 is a Saturday, the deadline to report December contributions and expenditures is Jan. 3.
Bahr and fellow mayoral contender Buddy Gilmore filed their reports early. So did Kelley Pero Luckhurt, who reported that he didn’t get any contributions or spend any money either in December.
Fisk said he anticipates that other mayoral candidates raised more money in December than Bahr did.
But fundraising efforts will kick into high gear in 2011, he said.
“I think you will see very strong January fundraising numbers from the Bahr campaign,” he said.