Campaign Finance: Frankenberger Leads in Dollars; Terrell Leads in Donors

Among the four candidates running for Lakeland City Commission in Tuesday’s election, Steve Frankenberger leads in the dollar amount of campaign contributions collected while Shandale Terrell leads in the number of donors. Mike Musick is somewhere in the middle, and Ken Post has accepted donations only from himself and his wife.

With different approaches to fund-raising, the average donation for the candidates differs widely: $581.21 for Frankenberger, $299.80 for Musick and $110.16 for Terrell.

Citizenship activist Michael Maguire has compiled the individual campaign finance reports into a single database on his website, The City Zen Ship. The searchable table shows the names of donors and the amounts they gave.

The race for the Southeast District seat on the City Commission fills the unexpired last nine months in the term of former Commissioner Scott Franklin, who resigned in connection with his successful race for U.S. Congress.

If no candidate receives a majority on Tuesday, the two top vote-getters will face each other in a runoff May 4. Another election for the full four-year term will be held in November.

Research the candidates and check voter information in LkldNow’s Guide to the Spring 2021 City Commission Election.

Here is a look at campaign finances as of April 1, with links to the PDF documents containing details.

Steve Frankenberger

  • Total: $16,855 
  • Donations: 26
  • High: $3,000 (loan from the candidate)
  • Low: $5
  • Self donations: $3,705, including $3,700 in loans from the candidate
  • Average: $581.21
  • Median: $200
  • Notes: Ten donations of $1,000 each came from organizations headed by local investor and historic preservation advocate Gregory Fancelli. Another $1,000 came from Barney Barnett, who like Fancelli is a member of the family of Publix founder George Jenkins.
  • Detailed reports: February | March 1-5 | March 6-19 | March 20-April 1

Mike Musick

  • Total: $13,191.00
  • Donations: 44
  • High: $2,000 (from the candidate)
  • Low: $25
  • Self donations: $2,000 from the candidate and $1,000 from his construction company
  • Average: $299.80
  • Median: $100
  • Notes: Musick received a $500 donation from state sen. Kelli Stargel, the only elected official who has donated to any of the candidates so far. His largest donation, other than those from himself and his company, was $1,000 from the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee, which has an Orlando address.
  • Detailed reports: January | February | March 1-5 | March 6-19 | March 20-April 1

Ken Post

  • Total: $5,522.97, including $4,500 in loans
  • Donations: 4
  • High: $3,500 (loan from the candidate)
  • Low: $22.97 (from his wife)
  • Self donations: $5,500
  • Average: NA
  • Median: NA
  • Notes: All of the donations are from Post or his wife.
  • Detailed reports: February | March 1-5 | March 6-19 | March 20-April 1

Shandale Terrell

  • Total: $11,787
  • Donations: 107
  • High: $1,000
  • Low: 52 cents
  • Self donations: $1,306 in loans to the campaign
  • Average: $110.16
  • Median: $50
  • Notes: Terrell received two donations of $1,000. They were from Lakeland residents Brandon Baker, who identified himself as a billing analyst, and Michael Maguire, who identified himself as a consultant.
  • Detailed reports: January | February | March 1-5 | March 6-19 | March 20-April 1
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