Superintendent Rocky Hana has provided a statement in response to several Tallahassee Reports articles addressing campaign donations made to local candidates via LLC’s based in Las Vegas with ties to Hanna.
TR has previously reported that Hanna was tied to several campaign contributions from the LLC’s which included a $50,000 donation to a political action committee controlled by Andrew Gillum and various donations to local candidates.
Recently, TR submitted the following questions to Mr. Hanna:
TR has been told that you are responsible for donations made over the last three months to local candidates through LLC’s registered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Is this true?
Why are these LLC’s registered in Las Vegas?
What type of business interests are these LLC’ s tied to?
Do these LLC’s conduct business in Leon County?
Do these LLC’s employee people?
Do these LLC’s have a physical address where business is conducted?
This past Friday, Mr. Hanna provided a statement via email which addresses some of the questions, however leaves others unanswered.
In the emailed statement, Hanna writes that it his right to make donations and that “contributions made by the LLCs reflect an interest in supporting candidates who share that strong public education system commitment.”
Also, Hanna noted that the “LLCs in question are investment holding companies set up many years ago that are 100% family-owned by the Hanna family. “
Superintendent Hanna statement on donations:
“As any other citizen has the right to support candidates for public office with their vote and contribution, I enjoy that right, too. Over the years of my life and career, I have supported candidates for various offices who demonstrate a strong commitment to public education. The LLCs in question are investment holding companies set up many years ago that are 100% family-owned by the Hanna family. They are controlled by my brother, and I have a very minor ownership interest, of under 5%, in them. My brother and family join me in a passion for public education. The contributions made by the LLCs reflect an interest in supporting candidates who share that strong public education system commitment.”