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Gillum Chided for Not Spending Money Donated to Campaign

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Andrew Gillum (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 09 May 2019 08:17 PM

A prominent Florida power broker Thursday accused ex-Democratic gubernatorial pick Andrew Gillum of an "ethical lapse" for squirreling away millions of dollars ahead of his narrow loss last November to GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In a tweet, John Morgan, an Orlando, Florida, lawyer who backed a winning initiative to legalize medical marijuana, chided Gillum for not spending money given to his political committee, Forward Florida.

"You lost by 30k votes and kept the money from people who trusted you so that now you can go around the state with a staff preparing for your next run," Morgan wrote. "I will tell you that is a huge mistake. Your donors are very disappointed. This is a huge ethical lapse. Give it to charity not yourself. #PoliticsAreAllTheSame."

According to Politico, Forward Florida attracted substantial donations in the weeks before last November's election. Morgan's law firm contributed $250,000 to Gillum's political committee, Politico reported.

In Florida there are caps on donations to individual campaigns but not to political committees. 

Morgan's swipe followed an earlier tweet about the voter-approved measure that restored voting rights to former felons in Florida.

"I have an idea!" Morgan wrote. "You're sitting on over $3M raised to elect you Governor. Let's take that money and use it ALL to pay the financial restitution now owed by freed felons to vote. This poll tax is unconscionable. They paid a price & are now being asked to pay again."

Gillum responded with his own tweet, writing "We've committed all funds & money we are raising to registering and reengaging one million voters to beat @realDonaldTrump in 2020."

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For squirreling away millions of dollars ahead of his narrow loss last November to GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, a prominent Florida power broker Thursday accused ex-Democratic gubernatorial pick Andrew Gillum of an "ethical lapse."
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