David Phillips keeps up fundraising lead over Kathleen Peters in GOP primary for HD 69

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With no incumbent in the race, candidates in House District 69 divided contributions during the past three months. But as the GOP primary reaches its conclusion, the story in this race may be how David Phillips surprised the South Pinellas political establishment by outraising the better-known Kathleen Peters.

Phillips topped the fundraising with $21,800 for the period covering July 21 to August 9.  Phillips overall total is now $83,732. Peters did add $19,350 to her total, but she has yet to reach sixty thousand dollars raised for her campaign.

Both candidates have been the beneficiaries of support from third-party committees. Florida First has sent several attack mailers for Phillips, while the Committee to Protect Florida has done its best to protect Peters.

Democrat Josh Shulman collected $5,950, bringing his overall total to $27,562 since opening a campaign account in April.

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.