The contentious race, in which Gillum is thought to have a slight edge, has been marred by racist overtones as the Democrat seeks to become the first African-American governor in the state's history. An attorney for Corey, the Tallahassee lobbyist and developer who coordinated both trips, said he released the documents after they were subpoenaed by the state's ethics commission. The commission is investigating whether Gillum accepted gifts from lobbyists after a Tallahassee businessman and persistent critic of Gillum filed a complaint.
Gillum says he didn't understand that he was accepting a "gift" that could be prohibited under the law. DeSantis announced the release of his health care plan, tucked into his website a few hours before the debate, and defended the robust economy under Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, after Gillum said many Floridians still struggle to make ends meet.
Gillum said he should have "asked more questions" when it came to his 2016 trip to New York City, but has said he is not a focus of the FBI's investigation.
Corey helped arrange meetings with Gillum on behalf of the undercover agent, but his lawyer has declined to answer questions on whether Corey was working in tandem with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No contributions are reported from Mike Miller.
"Attached is the invoice for the dinner you graciously offered to sponsor", Corey wrote to Miller five days after the fundraiser. "I am not going to let the media smear me, like they do with so many other people, and I am certainly not going to take anything from Andrew Gillum". "Again, I regret, unfortunately, that that has had to happen, but I do still wish him well", Gillum said when asked about the costs of the trip.
Gillum, who is black, and his supporters have made racism a major theme of the Democrat's campaign. The texts also showed that he stayed in a NY hotel room purchased by Miller. The gifts, made to Gillum during a pair of 2016 trips to NY and Costa Rica, are the subject of a separate state ethics investigation.
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He said quickly that he was told he is not under investigation when news broke in June of 2017 that the FBI was exploring deals involving Tallahassee's community redevelopment agency.
The FBI also asked for records involving an upscale restaurant located in a city-owned building.
Gillum vacationed at a luxury resort in Costa Rica in May 2016 with Corey, as well as another investor in the Edison.
The majority of those attending the last-minute rally waved signs of support and loudly cheered on the large blue bus that arrived at the Plaza de la Constitucion to deliver Gillum, many saying they had already voted for him or planned to before Election Day. Documents released this week show that he was told in a text that "Miller" had gotten the ticket.
"I've heard him say at various speeches how he is supportive of Israel". In a Facebook live stream from Richmond Heights - a Miami neighborhood where he grew up as a child - Gillum said the texts and emails "only confirm what we have said all along". That information differed with his explanation that he got his ticket to Hamilton from his younger brother, Marcus, who he said had traded passes to a Jay Z concert to Corey in exchange for the Broadway seats.