Baker extends cash advantage in St. Pete mayor's race
In the escalating cash race to fund the expensive mayoral race in St. Petersburg, Rick Baker has opened a commanding lead.
In July, Baker’s Seamless Florida PAC raised $84,500 more than four times as much as Mayor Rick Kriseman’s Sunrise PAC, which netted $21,000.
Baker, mayor between 2001 and 2010, has now raised $624,053 in PAC money compared to Kriseman’s $326,950.
Kriseman has spent $210,804, leaving his PAC with $116,146 on hand.
Baker’s PAC has spent $406,914, leaving him with $217,139, nearly double Kriseman’s available PAC cash.
The latest individual campaign contributions are due tomorrow. Through July 28, Kriseman had raised $352,124 slightly trailing Baker’s total: $355,490.
Baker had a sizable cash-on-hand lead in that money pot as well: $151,279 to $73,334.
In all, Baker has raised just shy of $1 million in three months. Kriseman, who has been fundraising since December 2015, has raised about $679,000, which easily bests any previous mayor’s fundraising for campaigns lasting until November.
But the primary is Aug. 29. And there is a lot of money likely to be spent over the next 19 days.