Former Omaha City Council President Dan Welch has gotten a strong fundraising start in his campaign for mayor.
The Republican has raised more than $280,000 since he announced his run for mayor in July; that includes just $12,000 left over from his council committee, according to a campaign finance report he plans to file with the State of Nebraska.
The other four mayoral candidates have yet to disclose their fundraising from 2012. Mayoral candidates must file with the state by Jan. 31.
Among Welch's major contributors are Pete Ricketts, a former TD Ameritrade executive, who gave $15,000, and Thomas Barker, CEO of West Corp, who gave $10,000. Former World-Herald Publisher John Gottschalk gave $5,300.
Other donors include two children of former Mayor Mike Fahey. Brian Fahey gave $2,500, while Regan Muhs gave $500. Both are registered as Democrats.
City Councilman Pete Festersen already filed his campaign finance report, showing $145,605 in his campaign account at the end of 2012. His contributors include philanthropists Dick Holland, Walter Scott, Ken Stinson and Mike Yanney.
World-Herald staff writer Juan Perez Jr. contributed to this report.
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