Not for nothing, but does St. Pete mayor Bill Foster plan to turn in his campaign finance report anytime soon?

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Campaign treasurer’s reports for those candidates running in the 2013 mayoral election were due on Wednesday, April 10. Or at least they had to be postmarked by then.

Here it is Friday, April 12 and no one has seen incumbent Bill Foster’s detailing of contributions and expenses.

Since he did not turn in his report personally to the City Clerk on his way into City Hall, we must presume he mailed it in. Mailing in a weak campaign treasurer’s report has long been a hallmark of any campaign advised by The Mallard Group’s Jack Hebert. Hebert was known to use a remailing service in Las Vegas just to delay the arrival of one client’s poor fundraising showing.

Asked on Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Times Mark Puente how much money had raised, Foster all but admitted he was pulling a Hebert.

“My campaign staff is handling the submission of the report,” he said. “I believe their intent is to use the services of the U.S. Postal Service. I remain at work.”

Now, I don’t think Foster mailed his campaign treasurer’s report from Las Vegas, but it not should not have have taken this long for his report to show up at the City Clerk’s office. 

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