Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Scott Wagman, the Half-Million Dollar Man loaned, err, raised $271K for the primary

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

Final fundraising numbers for the primary in the St. Petersburg Mayoral Race:

Jamie Bennett reported $1,000 in contributions. For the primary he raised $47,683. About $5OK less than what he would have raised had he still had me around.

Scott Wagman raises $3,735.01 and loans his campaign $30,000 (now $170,000 all together). For the primary he raised a total of $271,635. You may remember Larry and Mitch bragging about their guy raisin’ $500K for this race. Fellas, hate to tell you, but you missed your fundraising goals.

Kathleen Ford raises $5,936.42. For the primary, she raised a total of $35,101.42. An embarrassingly small figure for someone who wants to be the leader of 280,000 people.

Deveron Gibbons reported raising $16,974 and $190,344 overall. More than 65% of his money has come from zip codes outside of St. Petersburg.

Ed Helm reported raising $4,341 and $5,791 overall. Wonder what Ed does next?

Bill Foster reported raising $15,015 and $89,136 overall. Exactly the right amount of money. But did he have to complain about raising money in every article written about fundraising? Wait ’til he has to cut $20 mil from the city’s budget. There will be no end to the whining.

Larry Williams reported raising $6,515 (including a $1,000) loan. He raised $35,794 overall. Like Kathleen, Williams’ numbers represent a bygone era when raising 35K meant something.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

Latest from Peter

Go to Top