Andrew Gillum claimed he would run a grassroots gubernatorial campaign that would take on special interests. At his campaign roll out, in Kleman Plaza, Gillum said,
we’re going to run a race that is powered by people. It’s going to be your $25 dollar contributions, your $5, your $10, that’s going to make it possible for a people-centric message to break through. Because we need to tell these special interests that we run this state, not them. That there are more us … than there are of them.
However, the first look at his campaign donations for governor tell a different story.
The campaign is reporting that he has raised approximately $765,000.
However, of that amount about 68%, or $520,000, has been raised with Gillum’s affiliated Forward Florida Committee which can accept unlimited donations.
Prominent donors include George and Alex Soros, Norman Lear, Jane Fonda, Allison Tant, and state Rep. Loranne Ausley. The campaign says Gillum received support from 56 of Florida’s 67 counties through 3,500 online donations.
Also, the Palm Beach Post is reporting that George Soros and, his son, Alex Soros, gave $150,000 to the Forward Florida Committee. While Norman Lear, founder of Gillum’s former employer, People for American Way, gave $50,000.
More details about the donations will be available later this month when a campaign report is filed with the state.