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Rays Announcer, Bubba the Love Sponge Donate to Gualtieri Campaign

With the Republican Primary just three weeks away, Pinellas County Sheriff candidates Bob Gualtieri and Everett Rice raised more than $463,000 combined.

With the Republican Primary just three weeks away, Pinellas County Sheriff candidates and raised more than $463,000 combined.

Rice is winning the money race with a total of $276,152 raised. Gualtieri is following at $187,692. has raised $9,666.31.

, write-in candidate, has not raised any money since getting an $8.73 in-kind contribution for printing from himself.

Gualtieri and Rice vie for the Republican nomination for the sheriff race Aug. 14. The winner faces Swope and Pound in the November general election.

Here is a breakdown of some of the candidates' contributions:

Bob Gualtieri

Gualtieri raised $64,990 and spent $17,063.01. Contributors include attorneys, developers, Tampa Bay Rays play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats and radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge from Jan. 1 to March 31.

Gualtieri spent $4,161.60 on advertising, $200 on an event at Portofino Mediterrenean restaurant and $4,000 in labor.

Notable contributors:

  • Dewayne Staats, $200
  • Bubba Radio Network, $500 
  • BRN Shock Media, $500
  • Developer Mel Sembler, $500 
  • Brent Sembler Family Trust, $300

Businesses:

  • Belleair Coins and Diamonds, $500
  • Hardcore Trucks in Dunedin, $100
  • yoho Racing, $300
  • Dex Imaging contributed $1,500 from three separate companies
  • Clearwater Towing Service, $500

Restaurants: 

  • Cody’s Belleair, $200
  • Frenchy’s, $500

Everett Rice

Aside from leading overall in the money race, Rice edged Gualtieri, raising $70,690 during the quarter while spending $40,561.69 from Jan. 1 to March 31.

Notable contributors include developers, restaurants, attorneys and radio host Tedd Webb.

Rice spent $10,865 at Signs Unlimited in Ocala for advertising, $5,560.70 for Tampa political consultant company Strategic Image Management for consulting and advertising costs and $2,000 to Mary Repper and Associates for political consultations.

Notable contributors:

  • Radio host Tedd Webb, $250
  • Sonny Glasbrenner Inc., $500
  • Speeler Foundations, construction company, $250
  • J. Kokolakis Contracting, $200

Attorneys:

  • Anthony Battaglia, $250
  • Yesner and Boss $500

Businesses:

  • 40th St Bail Bonds $100
  • Always Available Bail Bonds, $50
  • Teakwood Mobile Home Park $100
  • Ambassador Limosousine and Sedan, $500

Restaurants:

  • Kozy Korner Restaurant, $100
  • Gondolier Pizza, $200
  • Sea Sea Riders Restaurant $500
  • Conch Republic Restaurant, $200
  • Ker’s Winghouse, Palm Harbor, $150
  • Bon Appetit, $200
  • Leo Italian Grille, Palm Harbor, $500

Scott Swope

Swope raised $790 from Jan. 1 to March 31 and spent $1,990.29.

He spent $500 for consulting fees at DiMaoi and Associates; $195.13 for bumper stickers; $302.54 for letterhead and envelopes; and $535 for mobile advertisement with Around the Town Signs.

Greg Pound

Pound has not raised any money since getting an $8.73 in-kind contribution for printing from himself.

Be sure to watch the candidates debate at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater's Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, or catch Patch's  . The debate is sponsored by Patch, the National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum and Bay News 9.

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