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Former Tallahassee mayor and Democratic nominee for governor Andrew Gillum in March.

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Andrew Gillum has spent $450K in committee cash on legal fees since November

$450,000 in two months.

Andrew Gillum’s political committee spent $450,000 on lawyers in 60 days — the same amount the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee promised to raise to engage voters of color.

The spending was revealed in recent finance reports for Forward Florida, a political committee chaired by Gillum that supported his run for Governor and has continued funding the former Tallahassee Mayor’s post-campaign initiatives.

The PAC’s December report showed a $172,000 payment to law firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler as well as a $39,244 payment to Perkins Coie last month. Those expenditures were classified as payments for “legal services.”

The payment to Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler follows a $190,865 retainer paid to the firm in November. Likewise, Perkins Coie received $45,059 from the fund in the same month.

Notably, Forward Florida went into Election Day 2018 with more than $3 million still in the bank — a remarkable sum considering the gap between he and now-Gov. Ron DeSantis was a mere 33,000 votes, or 0.41%.

The lack of 11th hour spending enraged some of Gillum’s most prominent donors, including Orlando attorney John Morgan.

Fundraising has slowed considerably for Gillum’s committee since the 2018 cycle wrapped, though spending has remained high.

The last six months have seen more than $1.1 million exit the committee’s coffers, including the $450,000 spent on legal services.

Heading into 2020, the committee had about $2.3 million in the bank.

The fundraising commitment made by Gillum last month is separate from the funds in Forward Florida and his other affiliated organization, Forward Florida Action.

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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.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Lawyer's Wet Dream

    January 13, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Burning through $50K a week for 9 weeks straight with no end in sight.

  2. Mike Ochenbolls

    January 15, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Whew, dodged that disaster-waiting-to-happen.

  3. William V. Saladrigas

    January 15, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Mr. Wilson, your article says nothing about the underlying issues for which the “legal fees” were charged. Do the legal services have any nexus to the legitimate work of the committee? Mr. Gillum had a number of “legal” issues during his campaign, having to do with a nasty little FBI probe looking into criminal allegations against him. Is he paying for that representation out of the committee’s coffers? Gillum is a poison, which continues to fester in this state, despite his loss to DeSantis. Morgan, a left-wing “deep-pockets” DNC apparatchik continues to perpetuate Gillum’s influence through his purse-strings connections to the erstwhile candidate’s PACs, etc. If you are going to expose him, open it up and show us the goods?????

    • Jeri Stoner

      January 15, 2020 at 10:02 am

      I agree with you. Tell us all the facts!

  4. Anne Cyrgalis

    January 15, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Don’t trust anything to do with Guillam. Sorry just don’t. Not to mention Perkins firm and their ties to the fake Dossier and FISA abuse. Sounds just as corrupt S the Clinton crew.

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