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Posted on September 13, 2017
Tallahassee Reports has learned that Mayor Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign paid rent to a public relations firm after he became a Director and Vice President of the firm.
The annual report for P&P Communications, which lists Gillum as a Director and Vice-President, was filed with the State of Florida on March 14, 2017. See image below.
Gillum’s campaign reports show two payments to P&P Communications totaling $12,287.50 The first payment was $2,075 on March 28, 2017 and the second payment was $10,212.50 on August 16, 2017. The purpose of the payments are listed as rent.
Gillum’s campaign headquarters for his gubernatorial campaign is listed as 1550 Melvin Street, Tallahassee, Florida. This is the same address that Gillum listed as his office for his former employer, People for the American Way Foundation.
However, a search of property records shows that P&P Communications does not own the building located at 1550 Melvin Street address. Rather, the building is owned by Sharon Lettman-Hicks, the other principal of the company.
A search for information about P&P Communications yields few results even though the company has been registered with Department of State since 2001. The group appears to have no website.
Cecka Rose Green, a former Vice-President/Director for P&P Communications, described the company as a “Tallahassee-based public affairs group specializing in public and community relations, communications, political strategies and event management.”
The relationship between Gillum and P&P Communications raises several questions.
First, is the position with P&P Communications paid employment for Mayor Gillum? If so, what are the ramifications of P&P Communications receiving payments from Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign?
Second, with Gillum already running for governor, how does his responsibilities with P&P Communications impact his responsibilities as Mayor of Tallahassee?
And third, does Gillum’s campaign actually have an office at 1550 Melvin Street? The picture we took shows no evidence of a campaign office outside the building?