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Councilor Connolly raised $166,000 in April for campaign

Boston City Councilor John Connolly .

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Boston City Councilor John Connolly.

Councilor at Large John R. Connolly raised more than $166,000 in April for his run for mayor, more than double his fund-raising total in any previous month, according to his campaign.

The haul brought Connolly’s political account to almost $500,000, according to a statement from his campaign. It kept Connolly near the front of the pack for fund-raising and gave him significantly more money than many of his opponents.

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“We’re thrilled by the accelerating growth of our donor base,” Connolly’s campaign manager, Nathaniel Stinnett, said in a statement. “These April donations reflect a surge in new donors and increased enthusiasm across the city for John’s vision for an inclusive Boston with safe, healthy neighborhoods and world-class public schools.”

Connolly has raised $360,000 this year from more than 1,500 people, according to the campaign; the other money in his account was raised earlier.

April fund-raising totals for all candidates should be available in the next few days on the website of the state Office of Campaign & Political Finance. The site showed that Connolly had deposited $115,000 last month. His campaign said it had raised $51,000 more, which had not yet appeared on the website.

The only mayoral candidate with a larger bank account is Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who began the year with $868,000. Conley deposited at least $36,000 in April, but final figures have not been posted.

Councilor Michael P. Ross ended March with almost $226,000 in his political ­account.

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Records show Ross deposited more than $121,000 in April.

Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com Follow him on Twitter @globeandrewryan.
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