Local candidates who have declared their intention to run for office in 2014 filed their latest financial activity reports with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections earlier this month. The reports filed to date cover all contributions and expenditures through September 30, 2013.
In an exclusive analysis, Tallahassee Reports has compiled two tables based on contribution data for three City of Tallahassee Commission races and two Leon County Commission races. To date, only the incumbents have filed to run. Challengers have until June of 2014 to enter any of the races.
In the table below, total contributions, the amount of contributions collected inside and outside of Tallahassee, and the amount of contributions collected inside and outside of Florida is given for each of the five local candidates.
|Candidate||Total Contributions||In Tallahassee||Outside Tallahassee||In Florida||Outside Florida|
|TOTALS||$400,109||$330,844 (82.7%)||$69,265||$69,265 (92.6%)||$29,791|
|Andrew Gillum||$171,583||$128,613 (75%)||$42,970||$146,687 (85.5%)||$24,896|
|Gil Ziffer||$71,825||$64,825 (90.3%)||$7,000||$71,075 (99.0%)||$750|
|Nancy Miller||$66,876||$60,626 (90.7%)||$6,250||$65,426 (98.0%)||$1,450|
|Kristen Dozier||$53,520||$47,175 (88.1%)||$6,345||$52,575 (98.2%)||$945|
|Nick Maddox||$36,305||$29,605 (81.5%)||$6,700||$34,555 (95.2%)||$1,750|
The table shows that Mayoral candidate Andrew Gillum is by far the leader in contributions among the candidates for five different seats. Gillum has collected $171,583 while the next two closest candidates are City Commissioners Gil Ziffer with $71,825 and Nancy Miller with $66,876. The two Leon County Commission candidates Kristen Dozier and Nick Maddox have raised $53,520 and $36,305, respectively. The total amount of campaign contributions raised among the five incumbent candidates is $400,109.
The above table also shows that Mayoral candidate Gillum leads in contributions from donors outside of Tallahassee and outside of Florida. Gillum has collected $42,970 outside of Tallahassee while the other four candidates have each collected between $6,000 and $7,000 from outside of Tallahassee.
This trend is even more pronounced when looking at contributions from outside of Florida. Gillum has collected $24,896 from outside of Florida while none of the four other candidates have collected more than $1,750 from outside of Florida. The top three sources of contributions for Gillum outside of Florida are New York ($4,725), District of Columbia ($3,566), and Massachusetts ($2,510).
These trends may be a reflection of what Commissioner Andrew Gillum does when he is not a City Commissioner. In 2009, Gillum accepted the position of Director of Youth Leadership Programs for People for the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) which oversees three program areas: Young People For, Young Elected Officials Network, and the Young Professionals Activist network. Commissioner Gillums responsibilities require a lot of travel and communications with individuals and groups across the country.
The second table in the campaign contribution analysis shows the top contributors to all candidates based on the address given for the contribution. The table shows that eleven contributors account for $78,000 in campaign contributions or approximately 20% of all contributions in the 2014 election cycle for City and County Commission races.
|Hunter & Harp Capital||311 E Jennings Street||Multiple Businesses||$18,000|
|Sandco||4708 Capital Circle NW||Private and Government Contractor||$14,750|
|Talcor||1018 Thomasville Rd Suite 200A||Commercial Real Estate||$12,000|
|Tupelo Development||401 E. Virginia Street||Multiple Businesses||$6,000|
|Ajax Construction||1080 Commerce Blvd, Midway||Private and Government Contractor||$5,000|
|M of Tallahassee||4223 Capital Circle NW||Private and Government Contractor||$4,500|
|Linnan & York||507 E Call St||Environmental and land use attorneys||$4,000|
|Minard Investment Co.||550 E. Georgia St.||Multiple Businesses||$3,750|
|Pittman Investments||1024 East Park Avenue ||Government Consulting||$3,500|
|Marpan Supply||P.O. Box 2068||Private Businesses & Government Contractor||$3,500|
|Ronald Book, PA||18851 NE 29th Ave, Miami||Government Consulting||$3,000|
The top eleven contributors represent private business interests, government contractors, government consultants, and commercial real estate. The top three contributors in the table have donated approximately $44,000 to various candidates.