GOP candidates for Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Everett Rice have raised nearly $600K combined

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With the Republican Primary just two days away, Pinellas County Sheriff candidates Bob Gualtieri and Everett Rice have raised nearly $600,000 between them.

Rice is winning the money race with a total of $364,267 raised. Gualtieri is following at $225,295.

During the most recent fundraising period, from July 21 to August 9, Gualtieri added $17,200 to his account, including a $12,000 loan to his campaign. while Rice raised $15,275.

Rice is functionally out of money, beyond his own personal funds. According to this last report, Rice’s campaign had less than four thousand dollars left on hand. Gualtieri still had more than twenty-five thousand dollars in his campaign account.

Among  Gualtieri’s past contributors are attorneys, developers, Tampa Bay Rays play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats and radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge. Notable contributors to Rice include developers, restaurants, attorneys and radio host Tedd Webb.

Gualtieri and Rice are vying  for the Republican nomination for Sheriff. The winner faces Scott Swope and Greg Pound in the November general election.

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