The Proposition D money race is closer than supporters of the sales tax/financial reform ballot measure likely want to see.

Prop. D supporters have raised $168,000 and opponents raised $147,000, according to campaign financial statements released today.

But Prop. D supporters also have spent more than $123,000 while opponents have spent less than half that.

Most of the Yes on D money comes from the city’s organized labor unions, the measure’s primary backers. The city’s fire and police unions contributed a combined $152,000, the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council contributed $6,350 and the state Teamsters union contributed $2,500. That’s 95 percent of the Yes on D money, crowed local Republican Party head Tony Krvaric, a Prop. D opponent.

Yes on D spokeswoman Rachel Laing countered that the campaign has just received $45,000 from Qualcomm founder and civic activist Irwin Jacobs after the filing deadline. NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton also contributed $2,000 after the deadline, a campaign release said.

Prop. D proponents also have been courting more support from business leaders. The mayor and City Council adopted a business-backed plan Monday that supporters hope will attract endorsements and cash from those key leaders.

The Yes on D campaign spent $26,000 on polling, according to the filings, and is prepping a fire truck and ambulance for a television spot.

Big donors to the No on D campaign were the San Diego Restaurant Association ($37,000), the pro-business Lincoln Club ($35,000), the New Car Dealers Association ($25,000) and the political action committee for Councilman Carl DeMaio ($10,000), a Prop. D opponent.

In the two City Council races, District 6 Republican Lorie Zapf was the money winner, raising almost $100,000. She spent $52,000, has $73,000 left, but also $22,000 in debts. Notable contributors to her campaign include lobbyist Ben Haddad, accountant and former City Council candidate April Boling, former mayoral candidate Steve Francis and real estate magnate Malin Burnham.

Zapf’s opponent, Democrat Howard Wayne, raised $58,000 and spent $56,000. He has $55,000 left, but also $18,000 in debts. Notable contributors to his campaign include union leader Lorena Gonzalez, former City Manager Jack McGrory, Convention Center Corp. Chairman Bob Nelson and former City Council President Scott Peters. Also contributing was resigned former City Councilwoman Valerie Stallings.

District 6 includes Mission Valley, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Serra Mesa and Linda Vista neighborhoods; Councilwoman Donna Frye currently represents the area but will be termed out.

In the District 8 race to replace Council President Ben Hueso, who is running for the state Assembly, Democrat David Alvarez raised $41,000 and spent $21,000. He has $22,000 left and $3,000 in debts. Notable contributors to his campaign include San Diego Unified school board President Richard Barrera, state Sen. Christine Kehoe, state Assemblywoman Mary Salas and downtown redevelopment leader Fred Maas.

Alvarez’s opponent, Democrat Felipe Hueso, raised $33,000 and spent $28,000. He has $29,000 left and $32,000 in debts. That means Hueso owes more money than he has cash on hand, though he loaned himself almost all that amount. Notable contributors to his campaign include Port Commissioner Steve Cushman, Nelson, Peters and Sunroad president Aaron Feldman.

District 8 includes San Diego’s southernmost neighborhoods, such as Barrio Logan and San Ysidro.

The economic disclosure reports for all the campaigns are available through the City Clerk’s website.

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Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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