A Democratic candidate for governor has outspent his opponents in the race when it comes to legal costs. Those costs are due mainly to his campaign’s use of state software for political purposes.
The Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum has spent nearly $25,000 on attorneys as first reported by POLITICO Florida.
The Gillum campaign admits the high attorney fees are due to the use of the software that was purchased by the Tallahassee mayor’s office. Gillum has since apologized for his campaign’s use of the software and paid the city for its use.
The state attorney’s office in Tallahassee is reviewing the use of the software by the Gillum campaign to determine if any laws were violated. The software was used to send out political messages.
The campaign said none of the attorney fees had anything to do with the federal investigation involving Tallahassee area developers and the local Community Redevelopment Authority.
The FBI and a federal grand jury issued several subpoenas in June, including one to the city of Tallahassee asking for tens-of-thousands of documents, mainly emails and communications between the authority, the city and the businesses.
Gillum’s name was not on any of those subpoenas issued.
The Gillum campaign paid for about $2,100 of the legal fees with the rest coming from his political committee, Florida Forward. The legal costs exceed those paid by the other candidates in the race for governor.
Democrats Gwen Graham and Chris King have each spent approximately $15,000 in attorney costs. Republican Adam Putnam has spent about $9,000