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— Speaking on the phone after the fundraiser, Murphy said it was initially hard for him to ask his friends for money. "But I guess I've done it so much, I don't feel so bad anymore. In 1981 when I ran for city council, I raised $150,000. It was a record at that time for a city council race." In early August, Murphy reported $101,783 in campaign contributions for the first half of 1999. That placed him third among mayoral candidates. City council member Ron Roberts reported $356,571, and Roberts's colleague Barbara Warden reported $264,867. Others familiar with the mayoral campaign attribute Roberts's fundraising success to his close ties with the development industry. Warden's total included over $60,000 transferred from funds she raised to fight off a fizzled recall attempt and a $50,500 personal loan to her own campaign.

Back at the Luce, Forward fundraiser, Murphy outlined his plans to deal with traffic, housing, and the airport. He fielded a few questions, then stepped down to enthusiastic applause. As Murphy moved through the gallery, he stopped to chat with the small, cozy groups that filled the room. "The speech is evolving," he told one knot of old colleagues. A few people said good-bye and wandered out onto Fifth Avenue. In the gallery, below the rise and fall of conversation, you could almost hear the soft rustle of money.

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