Jim Kennedy loans campaign $4,500 in September, has under $500 in war chest

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Jim Kennedy’s campaign needed a boost in September, so he gave himself one.

The St. Petersburg District 2 incumbent loaned his campaign $4,500 of more than $6,300 collected in September for his City Council re-election.

Possibly, the loans were to help cover over $10,350 in expenses Kennedy spent in the period from September 14-27, most of that on a mailer blast. Nine of the remaining 13 donations came from local attorneys.

As for spending, this time Kennedy’s campaign is cutting it close to the bone. Of the $21,825 he collected to date in his run to keep his seat, he has now spent nearly all of it – $21,329.57, to be exact. That leaves him with less than $500 in his war chest, with four weeks to go until the November 5 election.

Environmental activist Lorraine Margeson, Kennedy’s opponent, added $1,550 of contributions (without loans) as well as $500 in-kind donations during the same period. This brings her total campaign collections to $7,055.

A majority of Margeson’s spending was during the September reporting period, with $4,328 of the $6,124 total. She also spent a majority of that money on a mailer blast.


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.