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.