Joseph J. Lhota, a Republican running for mayor of New York City, over the past two months has raised $730,000, a sizable figure for such a short period and a show of political muscle for the first-time candidate.
Mr. Lhota’s fund-raising, which was described by a person with close ties to his campaign, started on Jan. 12 and ended on March 11. A late entrant into this year’s race, he raised more in the first two months of the year than any candidate during the same period in 2005 or 2009, the last years in which there were mayoral campaigns.
All of the mayoral candidates participating in the city’s voluntary taxpayer-supported campaign-finance system must report their fund-raising for the past two months by March 15.
During the last reporting period, William C. Thompson Jr., a Democrat running for mayor, easily outgunned his rivals by raising $1 million over six months. Mr. Lhota raised about three-fourths of that in a third of the time.
A spokeswoman for the Lhota campaign declined to comment on Wednesday.