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Deveron Gibbons raised 21K from lobbyists

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Deveron Gibbons’ impressive fundraising effort — 115K for the 1st Quarter — is quite a haul. But if you take a look at the actual report, there is a lot of information that may end up hurting Gibbons. The first issue that strikes me is not how much money he raised from out-of-town donors, but the fact that he raised more than $21,600 from lobbyists (and their spouses), political action committees, and governmental affairs firm and law offices which lobby. I’m sorry, but that’s just too much Tallahassee for a St. Petersburg race. Trust me, I would take as much out-of-town money as I could get if I were running. But I’d have second thoughts about taking that much money from out-of-town political interests. All that money may come back to bite Deveron in the ass.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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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