During recent public appearances, Mayor John Dailey has stated that he told the firm – Vancore Jones – that ran his 2018 mayoral campaign that if he was elected “there will be no work before the City of Tallahassee.”
However, a review of public records indicate that contracts for services between Vancore-Jones and the City of Tallahassee and the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency were signed after Dailey was elected mayor.
The issue of campaign consultants becoming local government vendors and lobbyists after working with successful candidates is currently being discussed by those looking to tighten up ethics rules.
When contacted by Tallahassee Reports, Mayor Dailey provided the following statement:
“I ran for Mayor to clean up City Hall and restore public trust. That is why I was transparent about who ran my campaign and why I made it clear to them that after I was elected they had to wrap up any business they had with the City and not seek any new business – and that is precisely what the record reflects.”
On the Morning Show with Preston Scott in October 2021, Mayor Dailey discussed the issue related to campaign managers getting contracts with local governments.
Dailey stated, “So, when I ran for Mayor, I made it very clear with my campaign manager, that there will be no work before the City of Tallahassee. You cannot represent people before the City of Tallahassee, you cannot have any City of Tallahassee contracts, since I’ve been elected….”
Dailey made similar comments as a guest on the radio show Above the Fold, hosted by Steve Stewart.
On the issue, Dailey said, “First of all, I want you to know, those that were involved professionally with my campaign when I ran for Mayor, the deal was, I get elected, no more business with the City of Tallahassee. And as a result, they do not have any contracts with the City of Tallahassee.”
The City of Tallahassee Contract
On November 6, 2018, Dailey defeated Dustin Daniels in the Tallahassee mayoral election and was sworn in on November 19, 2018.
On December 3, 2018, a City of Tallahassee contract to provide public relation services was signed by Andrew Jones of Vancore-Jones. The signature page of the contract is shown below. The contract was for $15,000.
The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Contract
The contract between Vancore-Jones and the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency was recommended by Blueprint staff to County Administrator Vince Long and City Manager Reese Goad on November 2, 2018.
The contract was signed by the Tallahassee City Manager on November 27, 2018 and by County Administrator Vince Long on November 15, 2018. The signature page is provided below. The contract was for a total of $60,000.
According to the City of Tallahassee online checkbook, Vancore-Jones has not received payments from the City of Tallahassee or the Blueprint IA since January, 2020.
In addition, records with the City of Tallahassee Clerk’s office does not show Vancore-Jones registered as lobbyists.
However, current rules are not clear about the registration of consultants working with businesses that have work before the City.
The City of Tallahassee has voted to hold an ethics workshop that will deal with a number of outstanding issues which include the definition of a lobbyist.