Community activist Darden Rice is far ahead in the money race for St. Petersburg City Council District 4 seat, according to campaign fundraising reports released today. Rice collected $31,350 from April 1 to June 30, bringing her total to $56,225.
As far as the number of individual donations, Rice also leads with 244. Among the individuals and organizations contributing to Rice’s campaign in the second quarter, 2013 include:
- Former Gov. Charlie Crist
- Chair of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Board of Directors Elsie Minkoff
- Attorney Larry Beltz
- LGBT group Pinellas Stonewall Democrats
- UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Union
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Florida State Council
- Millwright Local 1000 Carpenter’s Union
- Real Estate eeveloper James Holton
Rice’s closest fundraising rival in the District 4 race to succeed term-limited Leslie Curran, neurosurgeon and Tea Party activist David McKalip, raised only $21,750 in the same period. This makes his total donations $30,543 to date.
With 105 separate donors, some of the largest checks to McKalip came from artist Elizabeth Burgess, Frederick Derr & Co. Construction and the political group Floridians for Liberty. Many of the remaining donations are from a variety of doctors and medical professionals.
Not only is Rice a shrewd fundraiser, but it seems she also spends the money well; her position as frontrunner is costing her less than McKalip’s price tag for second place. Rice’s expenditures were only $14,802 this quarter, for a total of just over $20,000.
In comparison, McKalip spent $22,782 this quarter for a total of $26,298—or just under a third more than Rice.
With more donations and less expenditure, there should be little wonder why Rice is running ahead in the latest polling.