Amy Foster adds $4K in St. Pete District 8 campaign, Steve Galvin nets $140

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Union and community groups highlight the current round of fundraising for executive leader Amy Foster’s St. Petersburg City Council District 8 campaign.

Foster added $4,000 in donations in the period of Sept. 28-Oct. 11, for a total of $41,625, according to recently released campaign financing reports.

Pinellas Stonewall, Community Health Care, Electrical Workers Local Union 915 and two union groups associated with the Florida Service Employees International Union each gave $500 checks to Foster — who is no relation to Mayor Bill.

In a relatively light spending period, Foster only spent $312 on her camping — mostly on reimbursements for campaign events — for an overall price tag of $32,376.

Foster’s opponent, Steve Galvin, collected $140 during the same period, for a total $18,495. He did receive $350 in in-kind donations from Full Throttle Magazine for advertising.

Much of Galvin’s cash came from both his family and the candidate himself. He was also recently found selling yard signs to Facebook friends, complete with a plea of the “tremendous amount of my own money as well as countless hours of my time” devoted to his District 8 campaign; the post came before the candidate left to go to Daytona Beach for Bike Week.

Galvin had a much bigger spend — $3342 — in the most recent reporting period, primarily on printing and mailing of a flyer blast. His total costs have been $12,809 so far. 

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