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Posted on February 27, 2017
Tallahassee Reports has learned that three local Democrats -Loranne Ausley, Gwen Graham, and Andrew Gillum – used the same NGP VAN software for their political campaigns that was recently purchased by the Mayor’s Office.
A review of campaign reports show that in 2012, then City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, spent approximately $6,600 with NGP VAN.
TR also obtained campaign emails sent by Ausley and Graham that references the NGP VAN software.
The Mayor’s Office, which spent $5,000 of City revenue on the NGP VAN software, said the software is not being used for campaign purposes.
However, TR has been provided an email sent in August 2015 through the NGP VAN software by Mayor Gillum that contains his old campaign logo, but is signed “Office of the Mayor of Tallahassee.” The email is shown at the end of this report.
TR was told by a campaign veteran that this an indication that Mayor Gillum is using campaign email templates stored in the NGP VAN software while conducting City of Tallahassee business.
And finally, TR has interviewed people that have received emails from the Office of Mayor Andrew Gillum that used the “bounce.myngp.com” sourcing shown below.
These people told TR they did not request to be included in the email blast and do not know how Mayor Gillum obtained their email addresses.
These findings raise several new questions.
Are these email addresses being stored in NGP VAN campaign software?
Are the email addresses being shared among Democratic candidates who use the NGP VAN software?
Did the City of Tallahassee provide the email addresses stored in their email notification system to Mayor Gillum without the consent of the owners of the emails?
TR will continue to investigate.
EMAIL MIXING CAMPAIGN LOGOS WITH CITY BUSINESS