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Jamie Bennett says he raised $30K in St. Petersburg mayoral race



ST. PETERSBURG-- City council member Jamie Bennett claims he raised more than $30,000 in his first campaign finance cycle as a mayoral contender.

The reports are due Friday, but Bennett clearly wanted to share the news. Check below to read the statement he posted on his campaign blog.

Is $30,000 significant? Let us know what you think.

-Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

Our campaign took in more than $30,000 in cash and in-kind contributions during the most recent quarter of the fundraising calendar.  The period began with my formal entrance into the race on January 16 and ended on March 31.  According to our treasurer Bill Boots, who is finalizing the report, we raised $30,918.47 in cash and in-kind contributions.


Our fundraising effort demonstrates the viability of our campaign.  Along with being the first candidate to collect the 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot, with being the most active and organized campaign, with being at the forefront of the most important issues, this effort indicates I am in it to win it.


This fundraising total has already surpassed the amount I had raised for any of his previous campaigns.


I am very proud of the fundraising effort our campaign has put forth.  We are not blessed with connections to special interests.  Instead, we are fortunate to have a broad network of those concerned about a better St. Petersburg.  And those are the people who wrote $10, $20 and $50 checks to my campaign.


Among the 199 contributors are Ken Welch, Ed Ameen, Jack Bodziak, Dan Harvey, Charlie Harris, Bob Devin Jones, Bob Jeffrey, Martha Lenderman, Will Michaels, Laurie MacDonald, Don Mastry, Ron Methot, Darden Rice, Craig Sher, Sarah Snyder, Dr. Fadi Saba and Jack Tunstill.


I will file a complete report with the City Clerk’s office by April 10.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:48am]


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