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Baker wins June in St. Pete mayoral fundraising -- at least in individual contributions

Rick Baker continues to raise more money than Mayor Rick Kriseman---at least in individual contributions

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Rick Baker continues to raise more money than Mayor Rick Kriseman---at least in individual contributions

The latest details in the cash race in St. Petersburg’s mayoral race continued to trickle in over the July 4th holiday.


And they continue to show a strong showing by former mayor Rick Baker in a race that has already set records for campaign donations.

At least in individual contributions, Baker more than doubled the take of Mayor Rick Kriseman in June: $59,850 to $28,835.

Baker’s campaign announced last week that he raised $300,740 in June. As of Wednesday morning, Baker’s Seamless Florida PAC hadn’t posted June numbers on the state Division of Elections website, but his individual contribution totals, leave more than $240,000 likely collected by Seamless Florida.

Baker has collected more than $853,000 since announcing his candidacy in early May.

Kriseman hasn’t yet  released the June fundraising totals for his Sunrise PAC, but the mayor netted individual contributions last month brought his total to $283,663.

The incumbent mayor raised more than $258,450 through May in his PAC.

Overall, Kriseman has raised more than $542,000 since December 2015, not counting whatever money went to his PAC in June.  

Baker collected 32 donations in June for $1,000, including several from James MacDougald and related entities, developer Terry McCarthy, Jabil and Robb and Susan Hough of St. Petersburg.

Baker also listed 15 donations for $1.

Kriseman got $1,000 checks from 14 entities, including  CH2M Hill, an engineering firm that has done extensive work on the city’s sewage crisis, Ira Bell, a local business entrepreneur and several from Michael Larocca, a chiropractor.

The other five candidates on the ballot for the Aug. 29 primary showed much less cash.

Jesse Nevel, the Uhuru-affiliated candidate, raised $3,557 in June, bringing his total to $6,140.

Anthony Cates III, raised $532, much of it his own money and a $50 contribution from fellow candidate Paul Congemi, who didn’t report any money raised on his own behalf.  

Theresa "Momma Tee" Lassiter has raised $975. Ernisa Barnwell hasn't reported any contributions. 


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 3:31pm]


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