Andrew Gillum’s committee still reeling in donations


The last few weeks of November saw Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum receive almost $1.25 million in contributions to his affiliated political committee, Forward Florida.

According to a newly filed campaign finance report covering Nov. 2 through Nov. 30, the soft money account cashed nearly $1.5 million in checks, with the vast majority of those receipts coming in after the general election wrapped on Nov. 6.

The committee report shows a handful of large contribs — $150,000 from Teamsters Florida PC, and two $100,000 checks from Florida-based law firms. Another two-dozen donors chipped in $10,000 or more after the election, with thousands more small-dollar donors rounding out the report.

In all, Forward Florida reported more than 27,000 contributions during the four-week reporting period. Gillum’s committee only reported $146,000 in spending during from Nov. 2 through Nov. 30.

That leaves the committee with $4.8 million in the bank — a sizeable amount considering the former Tallahassee Mayor came up only 33,000 votes short in his contest with Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis.

Gillum conceded on election night, when he trailed DeSantis by a much greater margin, before walking it back after the gulf between the two men closed to within 0.5 percentage points — the threshold for a machine recount. On Nov. 18, with the recount netting him few additional votes, Gillum issued his final concession.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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