Kriseman bests Baker in latest campaign cash filings, but trails overall in money race
Mayor Rick Kriseman edged out his main opponent in individual campaign donations in the latest two-week filing period.
It’s welcome news for the incumbent Democrat who is locked in a historically expensive race against a well-funded Republican opponent.
Kriseman has been trailing Rick Baker in fundraising in what has long been the most expensive mayoral race in the city’s history ---still more than two weeks away from the Aug. 29 primary.
But Kriseman netted $41,124 in individual donations between July 22 and Aug. 4, besting Baker’s haul of $35,995.
Overall, Kriseman now leads Baker by a $393,339 to $391,485 in total contributions.
The mayor is spending money faster than it comes in, though. He spend $59,591 over those two weeks, leaving him with $54,958.
Baker is also spending more than he raised in the same period. He spent $99,976.
But the former mayor still has a bigger pile of cash left to burn: $87,297.
With the latest filings Friday, the two campaigns total spending, including their respective PACS now have raised and spent enormous amounts of money in the race. For comparison, Kriseman raised $380,000 and then-mayor Bill Foster about $284,000 in their entire 2013 race, which lasted until November.
Baker has now topped $1 million in contributions. Kriseman has raised more than $720,000.
That’s nearly three times as much money raised by the top two candidates as was wrangled during the entire 2013 mayoral cycle.