Mike Twitty blows doors off property appraiser campaign with $50K raised in first month

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In just one month of fundraising, Mike Twitty has raised more in campaign contributions than any other filed candidate for Pinellas County elected office.

With a whopping $50,030 raised in August, the 48-year-old Twitty, who is running for property appraiser, became one of only four county office candidates since 2006 to have raised more than $50,000 in one reporting period.

Twitty’s fundraising total and cash on hand in one month is more than twice that of the only other announced candidate for property appraiser, fellow Republican and former state Rep. Jim Frishe, who submitted five months of fundraising reports.

In total, the Twitty campaign received 165 unique contributions from businesses and individuals last month. Exactly 27 of those donations were for the maximum allowable $1,000 — 11 of which came from area real estate companies. Nearly 20 more donations, of varying amounts, came from private-sector property appraisers and appraisal businesses.

Just over $2,000 of Twitty’s August donations have been spent so far, the majority of which have gone toward signs, envelopes for mailers and office space.

Frishe, 66, has been campaigning since April, and amassed nearly $24,000 in donations for his campaign, with $3,700 coming in August.

Twitty has another fund-raiser planned for mid-September among his Delta Tau Delta fraternity brothers.

The job both men will be fighting for pays around $154,000 per year. The 2016 general election falls on Nov. 8.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.