Thanks in part to presence of more candidates, but also to the New Economy, this year's city council contenders are raising less—and raising money more slowly—than council candidates have in years past. For example, this time two years ago, Bruce Harrell—a credible candidate running for an open seat that he ultimately won—had raised $72,324, almost half—$33,258—in April. In contrast, this year, Sally Bagshaw—a credible candidate running for an open seat that she may well ultimately win—has raised $67,142, only $14,190 of that raised in April.

In seats where challengers are taking on incumbents, the contrast is similarly stark. 2007 challenger Tim Burgess, for example, had raised $81,810 raised by now, $15,685 of that in April. The incumbent he ran against and ultimately defeated, David Della, had raised $122,970, with $13,425 raised in April. This year Nick Licata has raised $55,723, $14,839 of that in April; his best-financed competitor, Martin Kaplan, has raised $27,185, $13,735 of that in April. And no one has much cash on hand—the candidate with the most cash in the bank is incumbent Richard Conlin, with $58,767 on hand. Two years ago, the best financed candidate was incumbent Tom Rasmussen, with $108,799. (The best-financed campaign with an opponent was Della, and he had $74,076 on hand.)

The total haul for this year's candidates, to give a macro angle, is $520,370. The total haul for 2007's seven top candidates only (listed below): $724,663. That's a 28 percent drop in fundraising compared to the last campaign season.

And the pace of fundraising has been slowing down over time, rather than doing what you'd expect it to do: Pick up in the runup to the August primary. Of 13 candidates who filed reports for April, only five—Licata challengers Jessie Israel and Martin Kaplan, Licata, Conlin, and Position 8 candidate David Miller—raised more in April than they did in March.

So incumbents are having trouble raising money, but challengers are really having trouble raising money. That's a troubling trend for anyone who wants to shake up the status quo in this year's council races.

Full numbers below the jump.

May 2009
Position 2
Richard Conlin (incumbent)
$77,428 raised
$14,441 raised in April
$58,767 cash on hand

David Ginsberg
$18,192 raised
$5,763 raised in April
$10,831 cash on hand

Position 4
Sally Bagshaw
$67,142 raised
$14,190 raised in April
$34,781 cash on hand

David Bloom
$33,928 raised
$8,109 raised in April
$28,510 cash on hand

Josh Caple
No reports

Dorsol Plants
$1,468 raised
$425 raised in April
$738 cash on hand

Position 6
Jessie Israel
$25,811 raised
$10,801 raised in April
$15,492 cash on hand

Martin Kaplan
$27,185 raised
$13,735 raised in April
$26,556 cash on hand

Nick Licata (incumbent)
$55,723 raised
$14,839 raised in April
$25,543 cash on hand

Position 8
Bobby Forch
No report

David Miller
$33,354 raised
$11,295 raised in April
$22,132 cash on hand

Mike O'Brien
$40,019 raised
$6,151 raised in April
$28,148 cash on hand

Robert Rosencrantz
$57,927 raised
$15,746 raised in April
$23,625 cash on hand

Jordan Royer
$47,782 raised
$13,066 raised in April
$35,904 cash on hand

Rusty Williams
$38,611 raised
$4,150 raised in April
$32,252 cash on hand

Darryl Dwayne Carter
No report

Robert Sondheim
No report

May 2007
Jean Godden (incumbent)
$142,960 raised
$32,526 raised in April
$89,250 cash on hand

David Della (incumbent)
$122,970 raised
$13,425 raised in April
$74,076 cash on hand

Tim Burgess
$81,810 raised
$15,685 raised in April
$51,142 cash on hand

Tom Rasmussen (incumbent)
$148,792 raised
$15,743 raised in April
$108,799 cash on hand

Bruce Harrell
$72,324 raised
$33,258 raised in April
$54,098 cash on hand

Venus Velazquez
$55,733 raised
$18,180 raised in April
$29,492 COH

Sally Clark
$100,074 raised by 5/10 filing
$21,661 raised in April
$85,664 cash on hand