Public records indicate that Mayoral candidate Dustin Daniels has accepted approximately $3,750 in campaign donations from city vendors he previously recommended to the city commission when he was the Chief of Staff for Mayor Andrew Gillum.
In 2016 the competitive bid process indicated that someone other than the current Daniels’ campaign donor should be awarded the federal lobbying contract.
However, Daniels – as the chairmen of the review committee -signed off on a recommendation that all bids be rejected.
The city commission adopted the recommendation and awarded a one-year $90,000 contract to Richard Spees, the second place bidder.
In 2017, Daniels recommended a one-year extension of the $90,000 lobbying contract for Spees. Again, the city commission voted to adopt Daniels’ recommendation.
Campaign records show that on April 6, 2018 Richard Spees donated $2,000 to Tallahassee Forward, the political action committee supporting the mayoral bid of Dustin Daniels.
In 2016, Daniels recommended that William Peebles P. A. receive a tw0-year state electric lobbying contract.
Again, the city commission accepted the recommendations.
On April 30th Peebles donated $1,000 to Tallahassee Forward and and on April 23rd donated $250 to Daniels’ campaign.
Also, in 2016, Daniels recommended that Ronald Book P.A. receive the tw0-year state legislative lobbying contract.
On June 19th ESP Media and Pittman Law each donated $250 to the Daniels’ campaign.
ESP Media and Pittman Law are controlled by Sean Pittman who is part of the Ronald Book P.A. lobbying team.
In addition, ESP Media has been paid approximately $12,000 in campaign expenses by entities supporting Daniels’ campaign.