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Rahm Outpaces Rivals in Cash

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Gery Chico says he raised $2.5 million, and Moseley Braun said she's not sure.

In the race for campaign cash, Rahm Emanuel is winning in a landslide.

The campaign reported that $10.6 million had been raised through Jan. 19.

For the period ending on December 31, 2010. Gery Chico said he raised $2.5 million.

"We filed our report with over $2.5 million and we've moved very strongly into January and we have a very heavy February planned," Chico said at a candidate forum earlier Thursday.  "People write you a check because they think you can win. ... People don't throw their money away."

Miguel Del Valle's figures weren't immediately available, but earlier this month he said he had only raised about $150,000.

The Moseley Braun campaign reported a haul of $450,660 for the reporting period. Spokeswoman Renee Ferguson suggested to the Chicago News Cooperative that the campaign took in another $142,000 in January. 

When asked about what the fundraising reports would say about the race, Moseley Braun said she wasn't sure.

"I don't know yet what it's going to reveal," Braun said at the morning event. "Obviously we got a later start than some of the other candidates."

Emanuel, who didn't attend the forum, released a statement about his haul.

On top of Emanuel's $10.6 million, he also transferred another $1.1 million in previously raised funds from a congressional campaign account for a total of $11.7 million in cash. This filing predates events featuring Jennifer Hudson, Bill Clinton, Andy Samberg and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

“Not only do these contributions reflect the strength of our support across Chicago, but they include contributions from business and philanthropic leaders around the country who believe in Rahm’s leadership and his vision for the city,” said campaign manager Scott Fairchild. 

Once the paperwork is filed the source of the funds will become available and give a better picture of who's raised cash within Chicago and who's relied on out of state donors.

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