Andrew Gillum’s Forward Florida committee to invest $150K in Democrat House campaigns
Former Tallahassee mayor and Democratic nominee for governor Andrew Gillum in March.

Andrew Gillum 3.10.19
The new donation comes less than a week after Florida Politics showed the former Tallahassee mayor spent millions following the 2018 election.

Andrew Gillum’s Forward Florida political committee will invest $150,000 in the Florida Democratic Party House Victory Caucus, the organizations announced Monday.

The investment comes after Florida Politics’ Jacob Ogles reported Tuesday that the former Tallahassee Mayor and 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor spent $1.5 million since the election with apparently few gains in voter registration.

On March 20, Gillum revealed a plan to register 1 million more Florida voters before the 2020 general election. But Democrats increased their voter registration numbers by less than 11,000 in a year’s time.

However, Monday’s investment will target competitive districts with the intention of helping down-ballot Democrats.

“We are glad to invest in House Victory’s smart, grassroots operation that will win seats across Florida in 2020,” Gillum said in a statement. “Together, we’re going to fight to flip Florida blue next year — and I believe that we will win.”

House Victory targets state House districts held by Republicans but won by Gillum in 2018. Caucus director Laurie Watkins said the group also attempts to empower potential voters who feel forgotten and ignored.

“We will accomplish this through registering and re-engaging voters, electing more leaders that share our values to state office, and creating a diverse and inclusive state legislature that is representative of all of us,” Watkins said in the statement.

House Democratic leader designate Rep. Bobby DuBose praised Gillum and Forward Florida for the partnership between the former mayor’s organization and House Victory.

“We’ve got the energy, the organization and the momentum on our side,” DuBose said in the statement. We can do this, and we must. Because the people of Florida are running out of time and deserve better.”

In July, Gillum donated $500,000 to Forward Florida Action, Forward Florida’s sister company. Given the structure of political committees, FFA’s use of those dollars was criticized as less transparent.

“We’re building grassroots, progressive infrastructure in key races across Florida, focusing on Floridians who too often are overlooked by both parties,” Gillum said Monday. “I’m proud to put my shoulder to the wheel with Leader DuBose and House Democrats’ entire leadership team.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


One comment

  • Daniel Cole

    November 25, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Democrat-Socialist 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Massive tax increases.

    -End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)

    -Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

    -Voting rights for non citizens.

    -Welfare & Food Stamps for illegal aliens. (Warren)

    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.

    -Non citizens allowed to hold public office.

    -Socialism.

    -Open Borders.

    -Sanctuary Cities.

    -Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.

    -De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.

    -Disarming Americans.

    -Green new deal.

    -End of Electoral College

    -Free medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)

    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)

    -Reparations.

    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.

    -Late term abortions up to 9 months.

    -Infanticide.

    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    *Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s themselves. View their

    speeches / debates on you tube.The choice is yours.

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