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Rick Kriseman, Rick Baker continue to raise record amounts for mayoral race

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Incumbent Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker both enjoyed strong fundraising efforts over the last two weeks, the latest campaign finance reports show.

Candidates for St. Petersburg Mayor and City Council faced a July 28 deadline for filing reports showing finance activity from July 8 through July 21.

Kriseman’s report showed that he raised $25,401 in that period, while Baker raised $30,919.

Baker has finally nosed ahead of Kriseman in terms of how much money each candidates has raised for their campaign. Overall, Baker is at $355,490, while Kriseman is at 352,124.

With the primary election less than four weeks away, both men spent heavily over the last two weeks.

Kriseman spent $54,073, leaving him with approximately $71,000 in his account. Baker spent $50,347, giving him almost $152,000 cash-on-hand.

These numbers reflect only what the candidate’s campaigns raised; details about what their political committees brought in are reported on a separate timeline.

Among the notables donating to Kriseman’s campaign are Will Jordan, Roy Glass, Suzanne and Roger Perry, Dale Swope, and TECO Energy.

The campaign’s largest check was to CounterPoint LLC, which handles media placement.

Noteworthy checks to Baker came from Tom Boland, Al Bonati, Charles Rivers Properties, Lucas Higman, John Stoner, and Dick Tobias.

Also running for mayor are Paul Congemi, Jesse Nevel, Anthony Cates and Theresa Lassiter.

With $3,345 raised over the last two weeks, Nevel enjoyed one of his best fundraising efforts and is now over $10K raised for his insurgent campaign.

The primary election is August 29.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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