The Phoenix Flyer

Contributions to Gov. DeSantis’ PAC slowed during September

By: - October 8, 2019 11:57 am

FL Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political action committee raised a mere $80,500 during September, according to Florida Division of Elections records, significantly below the six-figure sums the committee been amassing since the beginning of the year.

The committee received two $25,000 gifts – one from Richard Cox of Cox Building Corp. in Panama City, which owns Cox Pools and other construction-related businesses; the other from Jerry Wilson Roofing LLC of Lynn Haven.

Marshall Field, an investor, philanthropist, and scion of the Chicago department store family, contributed $20,000; PGT Industries Inc., which manufactures windows and doors, gave $10,000; and Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, a former Democratic-turned-Republican state House member from Tallahassee, gave $500.

The committee has raised nearly $2.7 million since the beginning of the year.

Treasure Florida, meanwhile – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis’ committee – raised $70,000 during September. His largest gift was $15,000 from the Florida Police Benevolent Association.

He also received $10,000 each from Impact, a political committee that raises money chiefly from insurance agents; Charter Communications; and Florida Blue. Patronis oversees the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

Committees for the other state Cabinet members – Attorney General Ashley Moody and Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Ashley Moody, have until Thursday to release their contribution records for September.

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Michael Moline
Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal.