Pinellas Property Appraiser candidate Mike Twitty is still handling his lone opponent Jim Frishe quite easily in the fundraising department.
In total, and according to the most recent finance reports from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, Twitty has raised over $114,000 for his cause, while Frishe has brought in around $40,000.
Lopsided, indeed. And things have been that way since Twitty first entered the race back in August of 2015, when the 48-year-old Republican netted over $50,000 in campaign donations for the month — a total which Frishe is still $10,000 shy of, despite having been officially filed to run for exactly a year now.
The new year definitely hasn’t been too lucrative for the Frishe camp either. The 67-year-old former State Rep. and fellow Republican has only raised $1,400 since January. And $800 of it has been spent on printing expenses and computer software.
Frishe’s biggest donation of 2016 came from retiree Nancy Frishe, of Winter Haven, who gave $300. All the other donations to the Frishe camp in 2016 — 15 in total — were for $100 or less.
Twitty, on the other hand, has raised $17,000 on 61 donations throughout the first three months of 2016.
And a noticeable portion of that money came from Twitty nabbing the Pinellas Realtor Organization endorsement, which he did in March.
Last month, the 25-year general real estate appraiser received one maximum allowable $1,000 contribution from three separate real-estate-related PAC’s — the Realtors Political Action Committee, the Realtors Political Activity Committee, and the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee — totaling $3,000.
March also saw Twitty reel in another $950 on four separate donations from individuals and businesses in the real estate field, with the biggest — $500 — coming from Belleair Bluffs’ Gulf Coast Luxury Properties.
Some other sizable real estate related donations to the Twitty camp throughout 2016 include $1,000 donations from Indian Shores’ James Holton, and Saint Petersburg’s Erica Trey, respectively. The $500 donations came from St. Petersburg’s Stroud Corporation, and Mark Mahaffey, as well as Safety Harbor’s Gregory Politis, and Tierra Vierde’s Patrick Walsh.
Of course, Twitty hasn’t been shy about shelling out a little of what he’s brought in either.
Throughout the first quarter of 2016, Twitty has paid Poli Solutions Consulting $2,750 in consulting fees, and Extensive Enterprises Media $900 for web ads on its sites.
And while Twitty has the clear edge in the money battle, as well as the experience battle Frishe has compiled a hard-hitting list of support. His endorsers include State Sen. Jack Latvala, former State Rep. Ed Hooper, Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning, and Gulfport City Councilman Dan Liedtke.
However, Twitty might have an even more impressive list of supporters. In his corner are outgoing Pinellas Property Appraiser Pam Dubov, Pinellas County Clerk of the Court Ken Burke, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, St. Petersburg City Councilmember Ed Montanari, and longtime Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson, among others.
The General Election falls on November 8.