Florida Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum continues to mislead voters about his struggling campaign’s fundraising. Six months ago, Politifact called him out for not telling the truth about the number of donors who had contributed to his campaign. Despite this, Gillum and his staff have continued to repeat this embellishment, claiming that he has over 11,000 individual contributors to his campaign. But a recent reportstates he has much fewer.
Gillum’s fundraising troubles are only one example of his ethical issues, as the Tallahassee Mayor has faced multiple accusations of possible wrongdoing, including using taxpayer resources for political purposes and using donor lists from others without permission. The fact that Gillum has remained competitive for the Democrat nomination despite all these ethical issues is further evidence of the embarrassing weakness of the Democrat field.
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Will Andrew Gillum ever learn?
Despite a PolitiFact ruling six months ago that showed the Tallahassee Mayor’s campaign lied about the number of its supporters, Gillum and his staff are continuing to mislead voters and the press about the size of this fledgling operation.
On June 9, the Gillum for Governor campaign said: ‘We’re excited to have more than 7,000 contributors, the most in the race, and we’re raising the resources to compete in all 67 counties.’
‘Mostly false,’ PolitiFact ruled the following week.
Yet, last week, speaking at Cafe Con Tampa, Gillum reportedly said: “I want you to know that we’ve got over 11 thousand — last I counted — individual contributors.”
And last month, Gillum campaign representative Geoff Burgan told a reporter, “We’ve got more than 11,000 online donors …”
Neither claim is true.
According to the latest public fundraising reports, posted yesterday, Gillum actually has less than 8,500 unique donors between his campaign account and political committee — placing him well behind Adam Putnam and Gwen Graham, who each have more than 10,000 supporters.