A review of recently filed campaign reports by the Tampa Bay Times (TBT) found that Andrew Gillum’s political committee, Forward Florida, significantly increased spending on lawyers in November.
The report states that the “political committee for Andrew Gillum spent $240,000 on lawyers last month, a substantial rise in the organization’s legal expenses that coincides with a far-reaching federal investigation involving the former nominee for governor.”
The TBT reported that “Forward Florida had already spent $25,000 on legal fees every month since March, when the U.S. Attorney’s office in north Florida started dropping subpoenas that demanded information on Gillum, the Democrat’s campaign, his political committee, a wealthy donor, a charity that employed him and a former employer.”
In May of this year, the U.S. Attorney issued a federal grand jury subpoena demanding documents and emails related to Gillum’s political actvities dating back to January 2015.
The TBT reported that officials with the Forward Florida political committee acknowledged the escalating legal bills were related to complying with the federal grand jury subpoena.