Files late, raises only $500 — what gives with Senate candidate Dwight Bullard's anemic fundraising?

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Dwight Bullard, running for State Senate District 39, missed the deadline for electronically filing his campaign finance report due on Friday.

Now we know why Bullard took his sweet time filing his report.

Bullard raised just $500 for his State Senate campaign.  That’s right, for the entire three months of the second quarter of 2012, Bullard brought in just $500 for his campaign.

Are we suppose to take that kind of campaign seriously?

The $500 Bullard raised will barely pay the fines he is sure to incur for filing his report late.

Not filing his campaign finance reports on time appears to be a habit of Representative Bullard.

In 2011, the Florida Elections Commission fined Rep. Bullard $2,705.72 for failing to timely file a pair of campaign finance reports during his most re-election bid. The commission rejected the Miami Democrat’s excuse that he was acting as his own treasurer, ran out of time and filed a campaign finance report 11 days late. In a unanimous ruling, the commission fined Bullard $2,555.72 for missing the deadline.

The same panel fined Bullard an additional $150 for filing a campaign termination report three days late.

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.