Finance reports filed this week show that Vice Mayor Jim Gray loaned his mayoral campaign $100,000.
That was followed by a charge from the campaign of Mayor Jim Newberry that Gray had gone back on his word that he wasn't going to finance his own campaign.
The Newberry campaign sent supporters an e-mail with a link to a YouTube video of Gray being interviewed by WKYT-TV's Bill Bryant.
"Are you going to self-finance this campaign?" Bryant asks.
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"Absolutely not," Gray replies.
The interview was recorded Dec. 12, a few days after Gray announced he would run for mayor.
"How can we trust Vice Mayor Gray to keep his word for four years when he can't keep it for four months?" the e-mail from Newberry campaign manager Lance Blanford said.
Gray's campaign manager, Carrie Glenn, responded Friday in an e-mail to the Herald-Leader that said: "We are proud to have 1,238 donors to Jim's campaign. He made an investment in the campaign because he thinks it's time for new leadership in Lexington, but we would hardly call this self-financing,"
With the loan, Gray reported raising $460,000 for the campaign.
Newberry has raised the most: $548,000 for the campaign. His reports include $1,000 from his wife Cheryl, a homemaker.
Former Mayor Teresa Isaac, the third major candidate in the race, has raised $75,000. Her total includes $1,600 in contributions she made to her campaign.
In his previous two races — for mayor in 2002 and an at-large Urban County Council seat in 2006 — Gray raised and spent the most, and gave or loaned several hundred thousand dollars to his own campaign.
Because he was the top vote-getter in the at-large race, he became vice mayor.
On Dec. 15, a week after he announced he would enter the current campaign for mayor, he closed out the 2006 campaign by writing off $117,500 in loans to himself.