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Money was spent this month in Pinellas Sheriff’s race, but nothing came in

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Bob GualtieriThe three candidates for Pinellas County Sheriff have one thing in common: None of them took in any contributions during June.

All three have turned in their June reports a bit early. Treasurers’ reports aren’t officially due until Friday.

Incumbent Bob Gualtieri is far ahead when it comes to fundraising. Although he took in no money in June, he’s raised a total of $119,005.

This month, Gualtieri spent $13,154.38. The bulk of that — $9,754.98 — went to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections for qualifying. The remaining $3,400 went to Tel Opinion Research in Palm Harbor. Tel Opinion is a polling company.

James McLynas got no contributions during June, but he did lend himself $6,600. He turned around a wrote a $6,502.92 check to qualify for the race.

James McLynasThe costs for qualifying are different because Gualtieri is a Republican and McLynas is not affiliated with a political party.

The filing fee for nonpartisan candidates is 4 percent of the salary for the office they are seeking. In this case, 4 percent of $163,000. For partisan candidates, the fee is 6 percent of the salary.

The third contender, Greg Pound, is running as a write-in candidate. He reported no activity in his campaign account for June.


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