Peduto: Ravenstahl $$ bloated

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Bill Peduto's mayoral campaign says opponent Luke Ravensthal really has $681K to spend this primary season, not the nearly $1 million reflected in campaign finance reports.

That's because many contributors gave the full amount allowed for both the primary and general elections and once the monies are separated -- by the Peduto account -- about $228K of the giving can't be used against Peduto or fellow Dem hopeful Michael Lamb.

The Peduto camp has about $254K to use, and is challenging Lamb's financial report with the county elections office.

UPDATE from Ravenstahl team:

"Voters are more concerned about the issues than Mr. Peduto's obscure fundraising math," said Ravenstahl campaign spokesman Matt Harringer. "Having said that, according to his numbers our campaign still has 2 1/2 times more cash on hand to spend in the primary than Mr. Peduto."

Harringer stressed the campaign had not checked the Peduto numbers and said it was in the process of refunding any contributions over the city's finance limits. He said the Peduto campaign is complaining about the numbers to take attention away from the Ravenstahl team's big fundraising lead in reports filed Thursday.

"This is a desperate gimmick to rewrite last week's news. Mr Peduto should be more worried bout how his campaign is burning through cash instead of how quickly we're raising it."

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