JACKSONVILLE, Florida –After announcing she is joining Florida’s race for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried called attention to updated financial disclosure forms that detail her earnings before taking office.
The new information reveals that she has made a lot more money than originally advertised.
In 2018, while running for office, Fried filed a 2017 disclosure form stating her income was 84,000.
But on May 28, 2021 – almost three years after the form was filed and just before his campaign was announced, Fried filed an updated form indicating that his lobbying income had nearly doubled in 2017 – $ 165,761.
Moving on to her 2018 disclosure – when she first filed it in 2019, her only income listed was from the state of Florida. However, she did not take office until January 2019.
Fried has since amended his 2018 disclosure twice.
In January 2020, she updated it to add her lobbying business as a source of income, claiming that she made $ 72,000 this way in 2018.
On May 28 of this year, she updated another form to report that her lobbying income was almost five times what she reported in 2018, claiming she made $ 351,480.
Part of Fried’s work as a lobbyist has been around the medical marijuana industry.
Its 2017 disclosure form listed San Felasco Nursery – a medical marijuana business – as a major source of income for its lobbying firm.
When his 2018 form was first updated, he also mentioned the San Felasco Nursery as a source of lobbying income.
At the end of 2018, the nursery was purchased by Harvest Health and Recreation. This company name appears on Fried’s 2019 disclosure form.
While her only income on the 2019 form is the State of Florida, she lists Ignite Holdings, LLC as an asset worth $ 190,260. Underneath it reads Harvest Health and Recreation.
State records show that Ignite Holdings was filed with the state in early 2019, making Fried the sole manager.
News4Jax has requested comments from the Agriculture Commissioner’s office and Fried’s campaign office.
Max Flugrath, a spokesperson, said Fried’s schedule does not currently allow for an interview.
Flugrath sent a statement. Regarding the 2017 income, he says in part: “When filing the form in 2018, Commissioner Fried gave her lawyer her salary for the calendar year 2018, which is approximately six months of income. We realized that the gross income for 2017, including all income and reimbursements from his business, should have been reported, not just his salary. “
His 2018 income statement reads: “The recent change came after we were made aware of a tax filing error. We’ve updated it to include his full gross income for 2018, including his salary, business income, and reimbursements.
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