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Rick Baker widens fundraising lead over Rick Kriseman

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Rick Baker added nearly $100,000 over the last two weeks to his already stuffed campaign coffers, significantly widening his campaign’s financial advantage over incumbent Rick Kriseman.

Candidates for St. Petersburg Mayor and City Council faced a July 15 deadline for filing reports showing finance activity from June 24 through July 7. Baker’s report showed that he raised $98,100 in that period. Kriseman raised just $14,175.

To date, Baker’s campaign has raised $324,571 and has spent $153,863, leaving it with just over $170,708 cash on hand.

Kriseman’s campaign has actually raised more money than Baker’s – $326,723 all told – but it has spent $224,716, leaving it with approximately $102K for the last month of the campaign.

These numbers reflect only what the candidate’s campaigns raised; details about what their political committees brought in won’t be available until the end of the month.

Among the notables donating to Baker’s campaign over the last two weeks: Gary Chartrand, Chris Eaton, Bill Hogarth, Larry Jensen, Paul Jallo, Dick Johnston, John Kirtley, Mark Lettelleir, Ligon Law Group, Bob Martinez, Peebles and Smith, Peter Meros, Tom Petway, Peter Rummell, The Strategos Group, Lisa Wannemacher, Robert Wedding, Fred Whaley, and David Zachem.

The campaign’s largest checks were to Mentzer Media, which handles the TV ad buys for the campaign.

Noteworthy checks to Kriseman came from Jim Davis, Bill Heller, Don Hinkle, Jon La Budde, Eric Lynn, Sandy Palmer, Scott Randolph, Michael Singer, and Rand Snell.

Also running for mayor are Paul Congemi, Jesse Nevel, Anthony Cates and Theresa Lassiter.

The primary election is August 29.

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