The Phoenix Flyer

Gov. DeSantis campaign account gets $850,000 since January

By: - June 12, 2019 9:53 am
Ron DeSantis

Florida Republican governor-elect Ron DeSantis claps during the 2018 Senate organizational session Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Florida’s Capitol building in Tallahassee. Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nunez sits beside him. CD Davidson-Hiers/Florida Phoenix

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee raised nearly $437,000 during May – more than it collected during all of the year’s first quarter, according to records on file with the Florida Division of Elections.

The committee’s year-to-date haul surpassed $850,000. The largest donors were the Florida Chamber of Commerce, at $50,000, and Disney Worldwide Services Inc., which gave two donations of $25,000.

Additional $25,000 contributions came from Florida East Coast Industries, a holding company that controls Brightline, the privately owned intercity passenger railroad, plus logistics and development arms; TECO Energy; ABC Liquors; and Rybovich Boat Co., which operates a mega-yacht marina and repair facility.

Committees supporting Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis were quiet last month. Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried’s Florida Consumers First PAC raised $2,131 in small donations – the largest was one gift of $250.

Early May marked the end of the 2019 legislative session, when the Republican-dominated House and Senate gave the new GOP governor legislation cracking down on undocumented immigrants, limits on felon voting rights,  arming teachers, expanding publicly funded vouchers to send kids to private schools, making it harder for citizen campaigns to  amend the Florida Constitution, and more.

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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. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.