Barbara Klausner continues to outpace the field of Palo Alto school board candidates in fundraising, with a total of $28,971 in contributions, according to finance statements filed on Thursday. But the last month saw major gains in fundraising for other candidates as well.
The statements reported on school-board campaign contributions collected between Sept. 23 and Oct. 20.
Six individuals are running for three open seats on the board in the Nov. 6 election.
Claude Ezran's fundraising in the last four weeks topped that of other hopefuls, at $13,775, bringing his total to $25,010.
Despite earlier avowals to lead a campaign of fiscal modesty, incumbent Camille Townsend came in a close second with $12,775 in the last month, bringing her campaign total up to $20,404.
Klausner, Melissa Baten Caswell, and Wynn Hausser reported collecting similar sums in the last month of $5,063, $5,055 and $4,335 respectively, leading to campaign totals of $28,971, $20,445 and $15,494.
Pingyu Liu was exempted from filing a statement because his campaign is costing less than $1,000.
Of Ezran's new funds, $13,000 was in loans from himself, adding to the $10,000 he previously lent himself.
Townsend and others reported donations mainly from individuals.
While Baten Caswell and Hausser have limited donations from individuals to $250, both Klausner and Townsend reported $500 donations from individuals.
The largest donation to date is the $1,000 Maryland lawyer Richard Taranto gave Klausner's campaign in the last filing period.
In this period, City Council candidate Sid Espinosa donated $200 each to Klausner's and Hausser's campaigns.
Former school board President Cathy Kroymann gave $100 each to Baten Caswell's and Ezran's campaigns.
Expenditures were nearly entirely on campaign literature or paraphernalia, postage and advertising, but there were exceptions.
Baten Caswell listed $1,247 for voter-polling services.
Townsend listed $400 worth of campaign-consultant costs.