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Rick Baker adds another $300K to his campaign coffers in June

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Rick Baker’s campaign announced Friday that he raised more than $300,000 in May in his bid to defeat incumbent Rick Kriseman in the race for mayor of St.Petersburg.

That total includes financial contributions to Baker’s campaign, as well as to his political committee, Seamless Florida.

The deadline to report those contributions isn’t due until next month, but Brigitta Shouppe, a spokesperson for the Baker campaign, said in a statement that because political committee contributions and campaign contributions have staggered reporting deadlines, “we are releasing our campaign contribution totals by the month for ease and accuracy of reporting.”

All told, Baker has now raised more than $854,000 since officially entering the race on May 9.

“It is heartening to see the overwhelming support our movement is receiving,” Baker said in a statement. “Yard signs throughout the city, the huge victory at the Mt. Zion straw poll and record breaking financial support are all signs of the rapidly growing for change at city hall.”

Kriseman is hardly struggling in the financial arms race. Through May, he had raised over $500,000. He has not released his fundraising numbers for June as of yet.

The staggering numbers are on pace to break records for the most expensive mayoral contest in St. Petersburg history. Although the race could end as soon as the end of August, a poll conducted this week by St. Pete Polls showed that the five other candidates in the race could get enough support to preclude any candidate from getting 50 percent plus one, necessitating a one-one-one matchup between the two top finishers in November.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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