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Posted on October 3, 2017
A Tallahassee Reports investigation of local government contracts with campaign consultants for current elected officials reveals that three consultants with campaign ties to all five current city commissioners have received approximately $395,000 in payments over the last two years.
Tallahassee Reports could not find any campaign consultants for Leon County Commissioners receiving payments from Leon County government over the last two years.
Tallahassee Reports researched payments made by the City of Tallahassee via contracts with ties to three different campaign consultants.
Vancore-Jones, Inc., a local campaign consulting and public relations firm, has worked on a number of local political races in Leon county.
Payments for political consulting made to Vancore-Jones from current city commissioners through campaign accounts include City Commissioners Gil Ziffer and Nancy Miller.
Vancore-Jones, Inc, also has a services contract with the City of Tallahassee. A review of the city’s online checkbook shows that over the last two years Vancore-Jones has been paid approximately $100,000 for services.
The Zachary Group and the Big Production, two campaign consulting firms affiliated with Gary Yordon, have collected payments from the campaign accounts of current City Commissioners Nancy Miller, Curtis Richardson, and Scott Maddox.
A review of the city’s online checkbook shows that Mr. Yordon, through Zachary Group and the Big Production, has received approximately $100,000 in payments from the City of Tallahassee for work on the TAPP program over the last two years.
And finally, ESP Media, owned by Sean Pittman, has been paid for campaign services for current City of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.
Mr. Pittman is also a state registered lobbyist for the City of Tallahassee through a contract with Ron Book, P.A. which has recieved approximately $195,000 from the City of Tallahassee over the last two years.