With a month left before Election Day, incumbent Mayor Richard Moccia outpaced his challenger in fundraising in September.
Moccia's campaign reported $47,180 raised between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, according to a press release from campaign manager and Republican Town Committee chairman Art Scialabba.
Those funds came from 197 individual donations; Democratic challenger Harry Rilling's campaign raked in 159 contributions.
"Our message of 'Protecting Norwalk's Future' is resonating with the public and donors," Scialabba said in the release. "Mayor Moccia is the only candidate that can guarantee the progress made with his leadership is not abruptly stopped with a change in leadership."
Former police chief Rilling raised $36,380 during the same timeframe, a Tuesday press release said.
Rilling's campaign did beat Moccia's in terms of the concentration of Norwalk residents in his corner. While Moccia outdid Rilling on the sheer total of donations, a greater percentage of Rilling's contributors came from Norwalk.
Of Rilling's 159 contributions, 132 of them live in Norwalk; that's 83 percent of the total contributors.
With 121 Norwalk-based contributors, just over 61 percent of Moccia's financial support came from Norwalk.
Rilling said in his release, "I have been amazed at the generous response of so many personal friends, community activists and leaders in Norwalk during my fundraising efforts." he added, "These results prove that the people want new leadership for a better Norwalk."
Rilling, behind months of aggressive fundraising to secure the Democratic party's nomination in September's primary, leads Moccia in overall fundraising. Altogether, Rilling has raised just over $100,244.63 since Jan. 10.
In wake of the primary election, Rilling's to-date expenditures total over $73,000, leaving him with about $23,000 remaining on hand.
Moccia's September totals bring him up to over $70,000 raised overall, Scialabba said. His campaign has about $16,000 on hand.
Each candidate had a handful of familiar names among campaign contributers.
Rilling received a $500 donation from Congressman Jim Himes. Also donating to his campaign were Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion ($700); Norwalk State Rep. Bruce Morris ($500); and current District E Common Councilman John Igneri ($250).
Notables donating to Moccia include: Board of Estimate and Taxation Chairman Fred Wilms ($1,000); Darien and Norwalk State Rep. Terri Wood ($500); former Gov. Jodi Rell ($100); former candidate for governor Thomas Foley of Greenwich ($250); 2012 Congressional candidate Steve Obsitnik of Westport ($250); and prospective 2014 Congressional candidate Dan Debicella of Shelton ($250).