Rick Kriseman adds $25,000 to his mayoral campaign coffers

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Rick Kriseman continues his march to the top of the fundraising pile, continuing as a money leader in his campaign for St. Petersburg Mayor.

The former state representative added nearly $25,000 to his campaign in the September 14-27 financial reporting period, bringing his total to $240,753.

In the two weeks in September, Kriseman racked up 137 separate donations, many reaching the limit set by Florida law. The list of donors writing $500 checks includes:

  • Former Republican Sen. Paula Dockery, listed as “writer and farmer”
  • Commercial Real Estate Group RMC Development
  • Businesses David Reynolds Jewelry & Coin, Bay Tech Label and Fitzgerald Auto Mall, as well as Lawrenceburg, Kentucky-based Glo-Mar Products, a natural pet product manufacturer
  • A wave of attorneys such as Matthew Weidner, Rosemary Armstrong, Nicholas Athanason, Eric Romano, Lin Brinkley, Steve Jaffe and Todd E. Copeland & Associates from Orlando
  • C1 Bank CEO Trevor Burgess
  • Composer Rand Snell

Kriseman’s partisan support continued, with a check from the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club.

In the same period, Kriseman spent a little more than he took in, with $25,142 in expenditures.

Incumbent Mayor Bill Foster, has not yet submitted the most recent fundraising numbers, according to the city website, so these is a slight chance he could surpass Kriseman. However, Foster has run second in the money race for most of the campaign so it would take a considerable late-in-the-game push to put him on the top.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.