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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Andrew Gillum reaches settlement with Florida ethics officials over improper gifts

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 12:44 PM

click to enlarge Andrew Gillum at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, Florida on October 27, 2018. - PHOTO BY MARLO MILLER
  • Photo by Marlo Miller
  • Andrew Gillum at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, Florida on October 27, 2018.
Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic candidate for Florida governor, has reached a settlement with the Florida Commission on Ethics over allegations he improperly accepted gifts from lobbyists, the Associated Press reports.

The exact settlement agreement remains unknown.

In January, the ethics panel said it had found probable cause to believe that Gillum, who previously served as Tallahassee mayor, accepted the payment of travel expenses in Costa Rica and a ticket to the highly acclaimed Broadway show "Hamilton," both of which are violations of civil law.

Gillum was beat out by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the November 2018 election. During the campaign, the ethics probe into Gillum's conduct was a regular talking point for his opponents, though Gillum denied the allegations at the time.

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