E-mails requested by the FBI show that a business executive inquiring about a meeting with Mayor Gillum was referred to lobbyist Adam Corey by Gillum’s Chief of Staff, Dustin Daniels.
On January 27th, 2015, Bing Xu, who was affiliated with the Sunshine State EB-5 Regional Center (SSRC), asked Dustin Daniels about a possible meeting with Mayor Gillum.
The SSRC was created to provide an investment vehicle for qualified foreigners seeking to obtain permanent residency.
See email below.
Instead of setting up a meeting, Daniels met with Xu and then referred him to city lobbyist, Adam Corey. Corey is a close friend and business associate of Mayor Gillum.
Daniels wrote, “As promised, I have copied Mr. Adam Corey, a local government relations consultant and business owner. I think after our conversation, he would be a great person to connect with on your scope of work locally and around the country. I will leave it to you to follow up with Mr. Corey to determine a time to meet.”
See email below.
The relationship between Mayor Gillum and Adam Corey has been well documented. Corey served as as Gillum’s treasurer during his 2014 mayoral campaign.
Since then, Corey has become a frequent travel companion of Mayor Gillum on trips that have been hidden from public view until discovered through record requests.
On some of the trips, Mr. Daniels accompanied Gillum and Corey.
The email chain further documents the level of access that Mr. Corey enjoyed with Mayor Gillum’s office as a city vendor and a city lobbyist.
Corey has been a central figure in the current federal investigation into the City of Tallahassee.