Kathleen Ford shows weak 2Q campaign financing

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She might be leading the polls for her run for St. Petersburg’s top job (for now), but when it comes to campaign financing, Kathleen Ford is clearly falling behind.

Since April 15, Ford raised a thin $19,000 in cash and checks for her mayoral campaign, according to the most recent financial reporting.

To put those numbers in perspective, they are less than a third of the $58,213 raised by former City Council Member and Rep. Rick Kriseman since April 1. Kriseman is also looking to replace Mayor Bill Foster.

In fact, while Kriseman amassed a total of just under $110,000 for his entire campaign, Ford banked a relatively minor $20,860.

In addition to the $19,000, Ford loaned her campaign $2,000, as well as taking $3,337 of in-kind donations. With 148 separate contributions she received, only 10 came from businesses or organizations; of those, two are in-kind services provided by Ford’s own law firm. Not a dime came from unions or organized labor, and most offerings were well below the $500 maximum allowed by Florida law.

Foster has not yet released his second quarter 2013 financing numbers.

With the Aug. 27 primary only six weeks away, Ford may have nowhere to go but down.

With inadequate fundraising, as well as the flack Ford is starting to hear over four consecutive debate no-shows since her campaign qualified in June, she might begin to worry over her chances of becoming mayor in November.

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 [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.