The candidates for mayor have raised about $1 million each in what has become the most expensive city race in Lexington's history.
The job pays $120,000 a year.
Vice Mayor Jim Gray, a businessman who is taking a leave of absence from his family's construction company, reported Wednesday he had raised $575,000 in the general election campaign, including $280,000 he lent to his own campaign.
When his primary campaign is included, Gray's total is $1,042,000. More than a third of that, or $380,000, is in loans from the candidate.
Mayor Jim Newberry, an attorney seeking a second term, reported raising $434,000 since the primary. When his primary finances are included, he has raised $997,000.
Newberry has not lent money to his campaign. His wife, Cheryl Ann, contributed $1,000 in the primary and another $1,000 in the general election campaign. She is a homemaker.
The reports filed Wednesday covered the period from the primary to 32 days before the Nov. 2 election.
They showed that Newberry has $210,000 on hand.
Gray's report showed he has $87,000 on hand.
Gray's campaign put out a news release that emphasized his support from others and didn't mention the loans.
The release said 1,700 people had contributed to the vice mayor since the campaign began, including 472 who had given $100 or less. The average contribution: Less than $290.
"It is apparent that folks all around Lexington support Jim Gray's vision to give Lexington the fresh start it deserves," Gray campaign manager Jamie Emmons said in the release.
The Newberry campaign did not provide information on a total number of contributors, but its report said 303 people gave $100 or less since the primary.
Gray has a history of putting his own money into his campaigns.
In 2002, when he first ran for mayor, he raised just under $1 million in the primary alone, about a third of it in contributions he made to his campaign. He placed third in that race.
Gray was the top spender in the 2006 at-large Urban County Council race that made him vice mayor. He wrote off more than $100,000 in loans after that race.
After Gray lent his campaign $100,000 in this year's primary, the Newberry campaign sent supporters an e-mail with a link to a YouTube video of Gray being asked by a television reporter if he planned "to self-finance this campaign?"
Gray's response: "Absolutely not."
Lance Blanford, Newberry's campaign manager, mentioned that video again Wednesday.
"Another day, another Jim Gray lie," Blanford said. "We are extremely proud of the fact that our campaign is funded solely through our broad base of supporters."
Emmons, the Gray campaign manager, said Wednesday the video clip was taken out of context.
The largest expense Gray reported Wednesday was $230,000 on television ads. He has run three ads since the primary.
Newberry, who reported spending $73,000 on ads, has aired one.
In the May 18 primary, Newberry received 43.7 percent of the vote to Gray's 35.7. Former Mayor Teresa Isaac got 16.6 and was eliminated, as was businessman Skip Horine, who got 4 percent.