Posted on

Texting for dollars: Maddox messages show intersection of public policy, campaign cash

Tallahassee Democrat, June 25, 2021, Jeff Burlew

When Scott Maddox needed money to float his many campaigns for public office, he turned to a cast of characters that included well-heeled and reliable old friends, political operatives from both sides of the aisle and city vendors whose dealings ended up under the FBI’s magnifying glass.

Maddox, a former Tallahassee city commissioner and mayor who made several Democratic bids for statewide office, developed a reputation as a prodigious fundraiser before his political career ended amid an undercover FBI probe into graft at City Hall.

But his private text messages — which were intercepted by the federal government and later obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat — illustrate just how relentless he was in his pursuit of campaign cash.

READ MORE: The complete article with photos and videos can be viewed here.

Contact Jeff Burlew at or follow @JeffBurlew on Twitter.