Nikki Fried finally files financials, amends forms from 2019

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She picked up a mortgage while her assets from Ignite Holdings went down.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried filed financial disclosures nearly two months after an official deadline and hours before accruing fines. The gubernatorial candidate also filed a fresh update to her 2019 disclosures, the latest change in a series of amendments.

Her latest Form 6 disclosures show her net worth as of Dec. 31 sat at $970,244.52.

That’s a significant drop from her updated net worth at the end of 2019 of more than $1.46 million. Fried on Monday filed an amendment to her 2019 disclosures which showed her worth about $11,215 higher than she reported on a form submitted on June 30, 2020. The amendment to her 2019 disclosures appears to be entirely attributable to her Florida Retirement System retirement fund.

That’s a small adjustment, especially compared to past amendments Fried has made to her financials. She made headlines earlier this year when, shortly before filing to run for Governor, she amended her 2018 reports to show financial interests of $351,480 in consulting firm Igniting Florida and boosted her 2017 disclosures by revealing nearly double her previously reported income from consulting fees.

As far as her most recent filing, Fried now reports assets of about $1,333,619 and liabilities of around $598,374. Her disclosure includes her state income of $126,814.

Her stake in Ignite Holdings now sits at $130,464, down from $190,260 in 2019.

Assets also include her Leon County home, valued at $745,000, and checking accounts and a health savings account totaling about $210,682.

The home is the one fiancé Jake Bergmann transferred to her in November last year through a quitclaim deed. But while Fried’s team explained at the time that was partly because of a need not to take a mortgage as Bergmann’s income comes from the medical marijuana industry, Fried’s liabilities now include a $508,608 mortgage with Illinois-based City National Bank.

The FRS retirement fund has grown to about $26,693, and several other retirement funds are valued at $195,780. She also holds a life insurance policy worth $25,000.

The 2020 financial disclosure was technically due on July 1, but the Florida Commission on Ethics allows a two-month grace period. Beginning Tuesday, the state would have started to fine her $25 per day up to $1,500.

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Fried critics pounced at the late disclosure.

“Once again, Nikki Fried’s been forced to correct the record after misleading Floridians about her assets,” said Republican Governors Association spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez. “Repeatedly, Fried has shown no amount of time will be enough to accurately disclose what’s flowing into her own bank accounts. She’s an incompetent mess who certainly can’t be trusted to handle the finances of the 15th largest economy in the world as the Florida’s chief executive.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


7 comments

  • Alex

    August 31, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Her fiance is big in the weed business.

    He’ll likely make multi millions or more.

    Smart man.

    • Tom

      August 31, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      Nikki Fraud strikes again!
      U can’t make it up. Just a pathological liar. Wait til the hearings start, all you Manchurians will run for cover.
      Alex you have no clue. No conflict of interest right you Manchurians. Cannabis lobbyist who happens to be Ag secretary and married to cannabis owner. Who happens to gift her a free house for $750,000. Just a freebie.
      Typical liberal elite hypocrisy.
      Pathetic

      • JD

        September 1, 2021 at 5:59 am

        It’s the same stripe as a SuperPAC from large corporate donors. Spare us your fake outrage and go back to your water sports and ball fondling.

        Let the Real Republicans adults go the work and you can go back to your mom’s basement you cuckservative.

        • Tom

          September 1, 2021 at 6:38 am

          U PIG.
          Can’t deal with truth!
          Frauds fraud is to revealing for puds like you. She’s a loser like you. Free house for a elected officials people living in the street. Landlords can’t collect rent. Fraud lives in a free house. You are the classic hypocrite, liberal elite. Can’t deal with truth.
          Cocoon liberal.

          • JD

            September 1, 2021 at 7:15 am

            You can’t deal with the truth, obviously. You mean like the White House or a Governor’s mansion? I painted both in the same stripe. You want to pick and choose. Pathetic. Hypocritical.

            It’s a poor tactic that your go-to is name calling. You’re nothing more than a radicalized ISIS Republican and a bully behind the keyboard. You give the rest of us a bad name.

            Don’t forget to donate to that SuperPAC.

    • Charlotte Greenbarg

      September 1, 2021 at 8:06 am

      Lest we forget that she tried to get her office to regulate pot. The two of them don’t make aN ethical person

      • Tom

        September 1, 2021 at 9:03 am

        Your a fng pig, you are demented.
        The WH and Gov mansion are public finance from taxpayers you dumb ass.
        Are you that Demented?

        Picking and choosing, all of society has u idiot. You are not even The mainstream. You pathetic Soros Manchurian.

        Fraud is toast you dumb ass.
        You holier then though idiot.
        Go smoke some and get some.
        U are a dysfunctional idiot.

        Go lay down on the curb next to fraud & Alex. You pathetic extremist

        Get ready for a 40 seat swing in House. POTUS approval low 40’s.
        DeSantis wins bigly!

        LMAO. Go choke your chicken you pud.

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