Sunday, June 17, 2018
Politics

Bill Foster raises $29,000, trails Rick Kriseman in cash on hand in mayor's race

ST. PETERSBURG — With less than two weeks to go before mail ballots are sent out, Mayor Bill Foster's re-election campaign has less money to spend trying to grab voters' attention than does his challenger, Rick Kriseman.

As of Friday, when candidates had to submit their updated campaign finances to the city clerk, Foster had $39,700 on hand. Kriseman, a former lawmaker and City Council member who raised more than his opponent going into the primary, has about $60,500 left to spend.

The mayor said he isn't concerned that Kriseman has raised more money. In an interview on Friday, he suggested his opponent's numbers are actually a sign of weakness.

"Because he's lacked visibility and accomplishments in the past six years, he will continue to focus on fundraising. People know me here," Foster said.

The latest reports show that between Aug. 23 and Sept. 13, Foster's campaign raised $29,000, bringing his total for the election so far to just more than $178,000. In 2009 when he first ran for mayor, Foster raised $248,802, a figure that broke the previous record of $225,846 set by Mayor Rick Baker during the 2001 mayoral race.

"We've met our fundraising goals," he said. "We're very pleased with the amount of support we're getting from St. Petersburg residents."

Kriseman, who released his fundraising numbers earlier this week, raised $52,000 in the most recent period, a figure that led him to declare: "This campaign has grown into a movement." In total, he has raised $214,868.

Throughout the course of the campaign, as the men have debated each other in forums, and traded jabs in print, Foster has repeatedly criticized Kriseman for raising much of his money outside the city's borders. In this last period, about 75 percent of Kriseman's contributions came from within Pinellas County.

According to Foster's campaign, about 77 percent of his contributions this last quarter were from St. Petersburg.

Though reports were due on Friday, many of them had not been published online by the end the day, including figures for all candidates running in City Council Districts 4, 6 and 8.

In District 2, which stretches from Sawgrass Lake to Weedon Island, City Council member Jim Kennedy is seeking a second term in office and has raised $15,500 in total this election. He is being challenged by Lorraine Margeson, a local activist, who has raised $5,500.

For the Nov. 5 general election, mail ballots for overseas and absent military voters were scheduled to go out Friday. Domestic ballots will follow Oct. 1.

Contact Anna M. Phillips at [email protected] or (727) 893-8779.

Comments
FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says heís willing to testify before Congress

FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says heís willing to testify before Congress

The FBI agent who was removed from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for sending anti-Trump texts intends to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee that asks, his attorney sai...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Erosion of immigrant protections began with Trump inaugural

Erosion of immigrant protections began with Trump inaugural

The Trump administrationís move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.Itís also...
Updated: 9 hours ago
GOP lawmakers decry family separations as WH defends policy

GOP lawmakers decry family separations as WH defends policy

WASHINGTON ó Congressional Republicans distanced themselves Thursday from the Trump administrationís aggressive policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border even as the White House cited the Bible in defending its "zero tol...
Published: 06/14/18
Sarah Sanders and  Raj Shah are planning to step down, per CBS report

Sarah Sanders and Raj Shah are planning to step down, per CBS report

Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are considering stepping down, according to a CBS report. Sanders promptly responded in a Tweet saying, "I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS." Does @CBSNews k...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18
Fed raises key rate and sees possible acceleration in hikes

Fed raises key rate and sees possible acceleration in hikes

WASHINGTON ó The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year and signaled that it may step up its pace of rate increases because of solid economic growth and rising inflation. The Fed now foresees four rate hi...
Published: 06/13/18
Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister hits $1 million mark in first bid for election

Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister hits $1 million mark in first bid for election

TAMPA ó Law enforcement officers never want to be outgunned. Neither do political candidates.Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister need not worry.The Republican candidate has amassed what appears to be a record-sized war chest of just more than $1 mil...
Published: 06/12/18
Romano: It ainít voter suppression if you bother to show up

Romano: It ainít voter suppression if you bother to show up

So the Supreme Court is in favor of voter suppression.Or is it election integrity?I suppose your interpretation depends on your party affiliation.Liberals seem convinced that an Ohio voting law upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday is a devious plot ...
Published: 06/12/18
Romano: It ainít voter suppression if you bother to show up

Romano: It ainít voter suppression if you bother to show up

So the Supreme Court is in favor of voter suppression.Or is it election integrity?I suppose your interpretation depends on your party affiliation.Liberals seem convinced that an Ohio voting law upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday is a devious plot ...
Published: 06/12/18
Trumpís tougher Cuba policy having little impact on Tampa area

Trumpís tougher Cuba policy having little impact on Tampa area

TAMPA ó June 16 will mark a year since President Trump announced a tougher Cuba travel policy, but unlike in much of the nation, the changes donít seem to have hurt local bookings to the island.The number of people traveling between Tampa and Havana ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18
Trump, Kim Jong Un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

Trump, Kim Jong Un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

SINGAPORE - President Donald Trump arrived here Sunday night ahead of a potentially historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the first meeting between the leaders of two countries that have been sworn enemies for almost seven decades.Air...
Published: 06/11/18