It was earlier reported that Andrew Gillum, Florida Democrat running for Governor, has taken donations from George Soros. “Billionaire donors George Soros and Tom Steyer are directing $650,000 to Gillum’s political committee, Forward Florida — a last-minute cash infusion aimed at boosting the Tallahassee mayor in the closing days of the Democratic primary of the Florida governor’s race.” Upon reading further reports, we can see that Gillum isn’t the only one taking money from people. His brother is too. Except, his brother was reportedly paid by undercover FBI agents posing as developers. This rabbit hole just got a little bit deeper.
A story posted by Tallahassee Reports broke the news about the alleged payments that his brother, Marcus Gillum, took from the undercover FBI agents.
They stated that Marcus Gillum received payments in the thousands each month from the FBI agents who were posing as developers who wanted to do business with the city. The article stated that the length of the arrangement is unknown and that Marcus has refused to comment on the situation. They also stated that Andrew Gillum, who was mayor at the time, has also refused to comment about anything to the Tallahassee Report since about 2015.
Marcus Gillum’s name has surfaced in relation to the federal investigation several times. Most notably he was mentioned in public reports as part of a group that vacationed in New York in August 2016. The group included FBI agents posing as developers, Adam Corey, and Mayor Andrew Gillum.
Adam Corey, the former campaign treasurer to Mayor Andrew Gillum, is a central figure in the federal investigation and, at the time of the New York Trip, was a city lobbyists and a city vendor.
The FBI investigation was revealed in June 2017 after a federal grand jury served subpoenas to the city of Tallahassee. The subpoenas demanded records involving eight local business people and a number of their companies. Corey and the city-subsidized Edison restaurant, which he co-owns with other investors, were named in the subpoenas.
The trip to New York was first reported by WCTV in August 2017 . Following WCTV’s initial report, Tallahassee Reports broke new information about the outing.
At the time of the trip Marcus Gillum told TR that he was in New York working for the People of the American Way. When asked about the FBI investigation, Gillum said “he would never comment” and ended the call.
It was then reported that Andrew refused to answer any questions when a Tallahassee Democrat reporter asked about who paid for their trip to New York. Then he circled back and stated that he either paid for it himself or his brother Marcus paid for things.
It was also revealed in 2017 that the “FBI may have tried to entice Mayor Andrew Gillum through one of his close friends to see a Broadway show, catch a Mets game and stay at a hotel in New York City as part of its investigation into alleged public corruption in Tallahassee” as per the Tallahassee Democrat story that was posted.
It’s thought that payments to Marcus were part of an enticement for him to meet with the developers, although they were really FBI agents working to unravel corruption in the system
Someone later filed a complaint about the Gillum’s trip to New York and the Tallahassee Reports website stats that it is still under investigation.
Upon digging further, they also noticed that Marcus was given tickets to a college football game by Adam Corey. These were tickets to box level seating to watch FSU, a popular college in Florida. The report suggests that Marcus Gillum was in the box seating area with the undercover FBI agents.
Adam Corey’s FSU football skybox was revealed as a central part of the federal investigation when TR reported that the undercover FBI agents purchased four tickets from Corey. It was later confirmed the tickets were provided to City of Tallahassee employees through Corey. The scandal led to the resignation of Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez.
Scandals. Resignations. Payments, Undercover FBI agents. Democrats.
Need we say more about what political party the scandals are coming out of?
The FBI agents deserve a pat on the back for revealing the truth about the scandalous Gillum bothers.