Sources have told Tallahassee Reports that former chief of staff and current mayoral candidate Dustin Daniels was in Las Vegas with FBI agents posing as developers while he was a city employee.
Joining Daniels in Las Vegas was Adam Corey, the owner of the lobbying group Unconventional Strategies. The trip took place during the last week of April 2016.
The group of developers present in Las Vegas – who are now presumed to have been undercover FBI agents – included Mike Miller, Brian Butler, and Mike Sweets.
Daniels’ visit to Las Vegas raises several ethical questions. Why is a city official vacationing with a registered city lobbyist -Unconventional Strategies – and developers who are looking to work with the City of Tallahassee?
Also, who paid for the trip?
Previous reports have documented Mayor Andrew Gillum in New York City with Corey and the undercover agents.
Sources say the contingent was in Las Vegas days prior to a previously reported Costa Rica trip which took place during the first week of May 2016.
Daniels confirmed the Las Vega trip during a video interview of mayoral candidates hosted by the Tallahassee Democrat. Daniels said he was in Vegas vacationing with people associated with Unconventional Strategies and that the developers were also present.
Based on the timing of events, Corey left Las Vegas, returned to Tallahassee and, within a day or two, headed to Costa Rico to meet up with a group that included Mayor Andrew Gillum, Jai Gillum, Sean Pittman, Audra Pittman, Adam Corey, Austin Rain, Cody Schwartz, Darcie Morningstar and Mary Kucek.
The timing of the Las Vegas trip means that Adam Corey was with the undercover FBI agents just days before he set up a meeting with Gillum to meet the “developers” while he was in Costa Rica.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported that “during that Costa Rican vacation, Corey sent a calendar invite to Gillum scheduling a May 16 meetup at the Edison between himself, Gillum and the now infamous undercover FBI agent Mike Miller..”
TR will continue to investigate.