Through a public records request, Tallahassee Reports has learned that Mayor Andrew Gillum’s Office sent out an email blast invite to a Biden/Clinton campaign event using the NGP VAN software purchased with City of Tallahassee tax dollars.
This finding contradicts the statements by Gillum’s Chief of Staff, Dustin Daniels, who told Jeff Burlew of the Tallahassee Democrat that the NGP VAN software was not used for campaign purposes.
“We use it for our communications with constituents for large events like the Longest Table or our community summit on children, which requires thousands of messages and interactions with specific lists of community members,” said Daniels.
This finding raises the level of the controversy that began after TR published a story about the $5,000 expenditure.
Read our report here.
Mayor Andrew Gillum, a gubernatorial candidate, has yet to address the issue.
Also, through a discussion with an employee at NGP VAN, TR has determined the following:
- Gillum has owned rights to the NGP VAN software since he first purchased the software in 2011 for his City Commission campaign. The City began paying for the software in 2015.
- The software has never been registered under the City of Tallahassee.
- Until around January 1, 2017, the receipts for payment by City tax dollars gave a recipient address of 1550 Melvin Street. This is the same address given for the People for American Way Foundation – which employed Gillum until early this year.
Listed below is the Biden email sent from the Office of the Mayor through the NGP VAN software purchased by City of Tallahassee tax dollars.
How do we know it is from the NGP VAN software?
We clicked on the unsubscribe link and we were redirected to the unsubscribe form – we have included a screen shot of that page below the email.
The form references the NGP VAN software.
In addition, the form lists a number of email lists that Mayor Gillum has accumulated since purchasing the software in 2011.
While some of the labels, General, TLH AREA, are self-explanatory others are not.
TR will continue to investigate.
BIDEN/CLINTON CAMPAIGN EVENT EMAIL
THE UNSUBSCRIBE FORM