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Political fundraising grinds to a halt for FL’s top politicos during COVID-19 pandemic

By: - May 11, 2020 2:39 pm

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Like it shut down Florida’s economy, the COVID-19 outbreak has had a similar impact on fundraising for the state’s top politicians.

There was little money-raising activity for Gov. Ron DeSantis and the three Florida Cabinet members in April, new financial reports show.

The Republican governor’s political committee — Friends of Ron DeSantis – only collected $317 in April, with most of that involving an interest payment on invested funds.

In contrast, DeSantis’ committee raised $1.8 million in the first three months of 2020, with a high of $714,924 collected in January, the report shows.

Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody’s political committee – Friends of Ashley Moody — reported no contributions in April, compared to $57,500 raised in the first three months of 2020, the report shows.

Republican Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis’ political committee — Treasure Florida — also reported no contributions in April. His committee raised $125,500 in the first three months of 2020.

Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s political committee — Florida Consumers First — has not filed its report for April as of early Monday afternoon. Fried’s committee raised $263,000 through the first three months of 2020.

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Lloyd Dunkelberger
Lloyd Dunkelberger

Lloyd Dunkelberger has been covering Florida government for over three decades. He’s reported and edited in Tallahassee for the New York Times Regional Newspapers group, Florida Politics, and the News Service of Florida. He grew up in Jacksonville and Palm Beach County and got his journalism degree at the University of Florida.