Independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl today professed to be unconcerned by his sagging fundraising and suggested, without actually committing, that he may put $1 million of his own money into his campaign. Although Dietl has raised about $922,000 and put $100,000 of his own money into his campaign his fundraising has dropped dramatically in the past two months. He reported raising just $13,000 in the most recent two week reporting period, with $163,000 on hand, and he’s raised about $97,000 since mid-July.
Dietl pointed to the upcoming mayoral debate Tuesday night, with Bill de Blasio, Nicole Malliotakis and Dietl, as a pivotal moment that will energize his fundraising and increase his support. Dietl said that he plans to confront Mayor de Blasio on several issues and that he’ll harshly criticize de Blasio in person.
I spoke with Dietl outside Council Member Eric Ulrich’s campaign headquarters in Howard Beach. Here are funding-related excerpts from our wide ranging exchange: