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Larry Williams was sued and accused of not paying a campaign consultant

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From the St. Petersburg Times‘ archives, the story of how the newest entrant into the mayoral race, who still has a billboard up from a previous race, didn’t pay his consultant and was sued accordingly:
Former St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Larry Williams and a campaign consultant say they have settled a lawsuit that accused Williams of failing to pay $14,821.40 he owed.

The Mallard Group filed the lawsuit in October, saying it repeatedly tried to collect from Williams. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Williams, former chairman of the City Council, lost in the mayoral primary last March, finishing third behind Rick Baker and Kathleen Ford. Though Williams requested a partial recount, that only extended Ford’s lead over him from 219 to 220 votes. Baker beat Ford in the general election a month later.

A contract between Mallard and the Williams campaign, which Williams signed, says the firm was to receive a consulting fee of $15,000 in monthly installments. It also says the campaign was to reimburse the firm’s out-of-pocket expenses and pay the costs of producing and placing advertising messages.

The contract includes no waiver of Mallard’s fees in the event that Williams lost the election.

Williams said he will pay the settlement out of his own pocket. He said he could not remember the amount. Williams’ campaign raised and spent more than $48,000. He said his campaign account was tapped out by the end of the campaign.

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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