Public records indicate that Sean Pittman, who was the campaign manager for Sheriff Walt McNeil during the 2016 election cycle, is listed as the state lobbyist for the Leon County Sheriffs Office (LCSO) in 2019.
Campaign records show that the McNeil campaign paid Pittman’s company, ESP Media, approximately $182,000 during the campaign for advertising and consulting.
Information provided online by the Lobbyist Registration Office shows that Mr. Pittman and Jasmyne Henderson, both with the Pittman Law Group, have been registered lobbyists for the LCSO since January 2019.
The registration records, which date back to 2006, indicate that 2019 is the only year during this period that LCSO has hired a state legislative lobbyist.
Upon request, the LCSO provided TR with two letters of engagement with the Pittman Law Group. One was dated November 27, 2018 and one was dated July 31, 2019.
Both letters state that “in exchange for this representation, you agree to compensate our firm with a retainer of $49,000. We require the retainer to be paid over 7 monthly payments of $7,000 each…”
The payments detailed in the letters total $98,000. The letters also indicate a set of deliverables which include:
- assistance with all matters related to the State Legislature, the Office of the Governor and/or Agencies
- assistance with legislative priorities
- issue support
- assist in efforts to secure appropriations
See exact language from letter below.
TR has requested documents sent from LCSO to the Pittman Law Group requesting services under the contracts. Also, TR has requested any status updates provided to the LCSO by the Pittman Law Group.
Those requests are pending.
TR will update report when requested documents are provided by LCSO.