Gibbons raises record $117k, campaign says
UPDATE: (3:12 p.m.) -- Three city council candidates also filed. Steve Kornell is running for the District 5 seat occupied by Jamie Bennett. Kornell raised $5,205.01. He is running unopposed. City council member Jim Kennedy, who was appointed in 2007, is running for office for the first time. He is running unopposed. He raised $4,400. Derrick Frohne is running for the District 6 seat occupied by Karl Nurse. Frohne did not raise or spend any money, so he filed a report waiver. Nurse is running, but he isn't required to file a financial report because he didn't formally enter the race until this week, after the close of the first quarter.
UPDATE: (2:57 p.m.) -- Larry Williams' report is in. $300 in contributions, including a $200 loan. And $60 in expenses to open a P.O. Box. That accounts for everyone, though we have yet to see either Bennett's or Foster's report. Sharon Russ didn't raise or spend any money, so she filed a report waiver. Alex Haak isn't required to file a financial report because he didn't formally enter the race until April, after the close of the first quarter.
UPDATE: (1:50 p.m.) -- Bill Foster said his first quarter report will show he raised between $23,000 and $24,000 (including in-kind contributions. He has spent less than $1,000, he said, and has not loaned the campaign anything. Foster is deciding whether to hand deliver or mail his report in today. (If it's mailed, that means we likely won't see it until Monday at the earliest).
UPDATE: (12:20 p.m.) -- Big numbers from the Gibbons campaign, which reports more than $103,000 cash on hand. I have to look this up, but I'm pretty sure Rick Baker raised a total of about $127,000 for the 2001 mayoral primary.
Also, of the 542 contributors, 344 are St. Petersburg residents, according to the campaign. (The campaign had been criticized for out of town fundraisers in Orlando and Tallahassee).
“We are very pleased with the amount of support we’ve received in such a short period of time, and very humbled by those who believe I can continue moving St. Petersburg forward, as one city,” Gibbons said in a release. “I find that people are looking for fresh leadership, hands-on experience in civic affairs, and an ability to get things done. That’s what our campaign is all about.”
Read the full release here.
UPDATE (12:05 p.m.) -- Deveron Gibbons press release just out --- $117,000 from 542 contributors. Campaign says it's a record for a single quarter. More to come.
UPDATE (12:01 p.m.) -- A couple of more numbers trickling in. Kathleen Ford posted first quarter contributions totaling $9,325 (plus another $3,242 in in-kind contributions). She spent $4,000. Ford, in an interview Friday, said she got a late start compared to other candidates -- she didn't enter the race until February.
Sharon Russ reported no activity. Paul Congemi loaned his campaign $10.
We're still waiting on Deveron Gibbons, Larry Williams and Bill Foster. Jamie Bennett, though he says raised $30,000, has yet to file his paperwork. (We should expect a big number from Gibbons, a small number from Williams (who just entered the race) and who knows from Foster.
UPDATE (10: 50 a.m.) -- Mayoral hopeful and real estate investor Scott Wagman raised roughly $54,000 from more than 200 supporters.
He also loaned himself $20,000, bringing his total to about $74,000. But, according to reports, he has already spent $50,444.
Candidates must file their campaign finance reports today. This is the first reporting cycle since the majority of the candidates entered the race, so the results should be interesting.
Council member Jamie Bennett, another mayoral hopeful, already announced that he raised more than $30,000.
Read Wagman's press release here.
Here are Wagman's reports (excluding his expenses):