Records connect Gillum's Hamilton ticket to FBI agent

Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 8:04 PM EDT
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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News

October 23, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – According to a report by the Tampa Bay Times, Tallahassee Mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum accepted a Broadway ticket from an undercover FBI agent.

The ticket is part of an ongoing ethics investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics. The investigation dives into a complaint made against Gillum that accuses him of accepting gifts from former city lobbyist Adam Corey during a 2016 trip to New York City. WCTV first broke the news of that trip during an August 2017 report.

The Times broke the story that Chris Kise, Corey’s attorney, released more than 100 documents subpoenaed by the Commission on Ethics. WCTV has obtained those records. The records contain text messages between Gillum and Corey that link the tickets to alleged undercover FBI agent, Mike Miller.

On August 10, 2016 Corey wrote to Gillum, “Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us to Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.”

Gillum replied, “Awesome news about Hamilton.”

Also in the records are text messages from a month earlier. In one, Mike Miller offered to pay for the Mayor and his brother Marcus’s flights to the New York Trip. He wrote to Corey, “Just tell them to let me know what their flights cost and I will cover it.”

Gillum has maintained his flight was covered by his former employer, People for the United Way Foundation. A trip for that company is the reason Gillum was originally on the trip to New York.

Another text message between Miller and Corey outlined plans arranged by Miller for the trip, including a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty. Miller wrote that it “will be catered and drinks.”

Gillum’s campaign said the records only confirm his earlier claims that he got the Hamilton ticket from his brother, Marcus. In a statement, he wrote, “These records vindicate and add more evidence that at every turn I was paying my own way or was with my family, for all trips, including picking up tickets from my brother, Marcus, who was with a group of his own friends.”

His campaign said Marcus is part of the “crew” referred to in the text message.

Kise has said he released the documents because they will be made public eventually anyway.

In a statement on Corey’s behalf, he wrote, “Given that Mr. Corey’s records have now been subpoenaed and will ultimately become public, he is today releasing the records he is required by law to produce to the Florida Ethics Commission. As reflected by those records, no criminal activity took place. Mr. Corey seeks, as he has sought in the past, to remove himself from the center of rampant and untoward speculation.”