Lhota raises $164K, with help from Kochs and a Bloomberg

Lhota amid the morning rush. (Reid Pillifant)
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Joe Lhota raised just over $164,000 in the latest three-week filing period, according to his most recent filing with the city's Campaign Finance Board.

Lhota received contributions from a couple of notable names, including David Koch, the prominent Republican industrialist, and his wife, Julia, who each gave the maximum $4,950.

Emma Bloomberg, the eldest daughter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gave $750. Anna Murdoch-Mann, the ex-wife of Rupert Murdoch, gave $500.

After a flurry of fund-raising to start the race, which helped establish him as a credible candidate in the Republican field, Lhota's numbers have lagged over the summer. In the previous filing period, covering most of July, he raised just over $86,000.

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Lhota spent over $1.1 million in August, according to the filing, mostly on television advertisements and direct mail, leaving him with just under $1 million in cash on hand for the stretch run before the September 10 primary.

The filing led to a call for him to quit the race from his billionaire rival, John Catsimatidis, who is self-funding his campaign and has pitched himself as the only Republican with the resources to win a general election.

"Joe Lhota's dismal filing with the Campaign Finance Board demonstrates that he has neither the support nor the wherewithal to take on the democrats in November," Catsimatidis wrote in a statement emailed to reporters. "He should end this charade drop out of the race now."

UPDATE: "It's an act of desperation," said Jessica Proud, a spokesperson for Lhota, of Catsimatidis' call. "Maybe if he waves those magic wands he's been talking about he can improve his standing in the polls because his billions aren't helping."