PHILADELPHIA (May 11, 2015) – As details emerged from campaign finance reports published over the weekend, Helen Gym led the field of candidates in total unitemized contributions. Helen not only outraised every one of her opponents in the Council At-Large race in this category–she also bested every candidate running for Mayor.

Unitemized contributions are donations that come in at $50 or less, and typically raised online through email and social media, or at grassroots meet & greet events. Raising a significant amount in this category is one indicator of actual grassroots enthusiasm for a candidate, and in conjunction with a comprehensive fundraising total, shows Helen Gym is running a strong campaign earning broad support across the city.

Helen Gym said, “Our campaign has been successful because we’ve focused on what really matters, the issues affecting families in Philadelphia that City Council has ignored for too long. When I talk about the battles I’ve already fought and won as a neighborhood activist, pushing back against predatory casinos, forcing the PPA to pay millions into our schools, and taking on the SRC, the response is enthusiastic, and that’s demonstrated by the broad grassroots support my campaign has received in both volunteers and donors.”

Helen Gym’s campaign reported raising $282,452 to date, $259,000 raised since January 1. The campaign reported $210,859 cash on hand remaining for the final two weeks of the campaign.

Total Unitemized Contributions (Helen Gym vs. Mayoral Candidates):

Helen Gym – $13,937.55
Jim Kenney – $11,939.50
Lynne Abraham – $5,453
Tony Williams – $5,355

Grassroots Momentum:

An overwhelming proportion of Helen Gym’s funding has come from small, individual donors:

  • 1,000 – over 1,000 donors have contributed to Helen’s campaign
  • 84%  – percent of contributors to Helen’s campaign have donated $250 or less
  • $100 – The median individual contribution to Helen’s campaign