governor of florida Ron DeSantisThe Political Operation (R) reported raising $177.4 million through Sept. 9, breaking the governor’s fundraising record without accounting for inflation, a new OpenSecrets analysis from state campaign finance deposits found. His re-election campaign has raised more than $31.4 million since January 2021, and Friends of Ron DeSantis, his state-level PAC that is not subject to contribution limits, has raised $146 million. since January 2019.
Florida voters elected DeSantis to the US House in 2012, where he served three terms before resigned in 2018 to run for the post of governor, which he won by less than 34,000 votes. DeSantis’ first term was defined by cultural war clashes – he was the public face of polarizing politics, including the so-called “Don’t Say Gay Billwhich prohibits K-3 teachers from discussing gender and sexual identity in the classroom.
DeSantis took credit for sending two migrant planes without notice to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Thursday, tell CNN that all American communities should share the “burden”. The latest coordinated effort by Republican Governors to protest what the Governor of Texas has done. Greg Abbott (R) – who sent migrant bus at the home of Vice President Kamala Harris in the District of Columbia on Thursday – said are insufficient federal efforts to “secure” the country’s southern border.
Rumors have swirled that DeSantis is preparing to hold a presidential election in 2024, but he played down his presidential ambitions by saying the media “only speculate”. Still, DeSantis has Battleground States Visited and commented on Washington politics during the election campaign.
A federal political committee, Ready for Ron, asked the Federal Election Commission if it could share a list of more than 58,000 supporters and their contact information to “encourage” DeSantis to explore a 2024 presidential bid. The FEC agreed On Thursday, Ready for Ron could only share the slate before DeSantis “officially tests the waters” for a presidential run, though the commission has yet to formally vote on the new deal.
On a list of 20 potential presidential candidates compiled by OpenSecrets, the DeSantis-aligned operation has raised the most money since January 2021. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) and former President Donald Trump follow behind.
In November, DeSantis will face former Republican Governor and Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D–Fla.). Cristo resigned of the United States House on August 31 to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.
Christ has called DeSantis is an “autocrat who would like to be the dictator of Florida”. DeSantis told supporters in a fundraising email on Friday that “we face a very serious threat from far-left Biden sycophants like Charlie Crist.”
A recent survey, commissioned by AARP and led by Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research, found DeSantis with a 3 percentage point lead over Christ. DeSantis had a 92 out of 100 chance of being re-elected, a analysis by opinion polling firm FiveThirtyEight found.
Crist will also have an uphill battle when it comes to fundraising. His political operation reported raising nearly $20 million through Sept. 9, nearly nine times less than the governor’s new fundraising record holder.
DeSantis and Crist are program face off in a televised debate on October 12.
The road to the record
DeSantis has already set a new gubernatorial fundraising record without candidate self-funding, and his new fundraising record surpasses two candidates who have contributed tens of millions of dollars to their gubernatorial campaigns.
The former record holder was Meg Whitmanwho ran unsuccessfully for governor of California in 2010. The former CEO of eBay, Hewlett Packard and Quibi has raised $178.6 million – more than any other gubernatorial candidate since 1990, without take inflation into account.
Whitman’s socially moderate republican campaign gained some momentum from his name recognition as a Silicon Valley executive. Unlike DeSantis, she achieved the breakthrough total by giving $144.2 million to his campaign. His net worth is $3.3 billion.
Pritzker nearly surpassed Whitman’s record during his 2018 campaign, also thanks to self-funding. Pritzker, a billionaire whose father managed and developed the Hyatt Hotel chain, gave $172 million to his campaign and raised another $4 million.
DeSantis, whose net worth is only $319,000, did not report personal contributions to his campaign or to the state-level PAC. But the governor has received donations from several GOP megadonors.
DeSantis’ re-election campaign has been backed by at least 42 billionaires and billionaire family members, Zac Anderson of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. The billionaires come from 15 states and only 17 of them gave to DeSantis in 2018.
Billionaire space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow made the headlines in July, when he donated $10 million to DeSantis’ state-level PAC, Friends of Ron DeSantis — Florida’s largest single contribution ever. Hedge fund billionaires Ken Griffin and Paul TudorJones are also major donors to the Friends of Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis’ largest donor this year is the Republican Governors Association, a 527 organization dedicated to the election of Republican governors, which gave $17.4 million to his campaign committee and Friends of Ron DeSantis.
The governor’s state-level PAC has also received large checks from the Florida Prosperity Fund, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the conservative political group Club For Growth, as well as millions in in-kind contributions from the Republican Party of Florida. .