Tallahassee Reports has learned that Andrew Gillum and his wife, R. Jai, registered a company in Florida called CJD Group, LLC on January 25th, 2019.
The filing of the Limited Liability Company lists Andrew Gillum and R. Jai Gillum as Managers. The filing also lists Sharon Lettman-Hicks and Christopher Chestnut as Authorized Members.
The registered agent is listed as the Pittman Law Group.
TR reported in 2017 that Lettman-Hicks was an officer in P&P Communications, along with Andrew Gillum. In 2017 P&P Communications collected rent payments from Gillum’s Florida gubernatorial campaign and TR reported that the company paid Gillum $71,000.
Christopher Chestnut is a lawyer and a childhood friend of Gillum’s.
The Miami Herald reported in 2018 that “Chestnut has tangled with the Florida Bar several times since he began practicing law — he pleaded guilty to a Bar violation in 2015 for failing to inform a client on a wrongful death claim and was publicly reprimanded, though the Bar dropped complaints that included improper solicitation of clients and making false statements in court. The lawyer, who used to practice law in Gainesville but moved his firm to Atlanta, also has two disciplinary actions against him still pending with the Florida Bar.”
Sean Pittman, who owns the Pittman Law Group, has been a business associate, donor and friend to Gillum for a number years. He is also been mentioned in several reports involving the FBI investigation into Tallahassee corruption. Pittman was on the Costa Rica trip with Gillum which is now the focus of a Florida Commission on Ethics hearing scheduled to begin on April 23rd.
Gillum recently announced the creation of a voter registration group – Bring It Home Florida – aimed at signing up one million new voters in Florida with a goal of “flipping Florida blue” in the next presidential election.