Per a new report, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have been the first governorship contender in the United States to amass more than $100 million solely through donations.
According to CNN, the Republican star, who is fighting for reelection this year, has amassed a total of $96 million since last month between his campaigns and his political organization, Friends of Ron DeSantis, which is set to post a $6.1 million haul for March on Monday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has reached a historic milestone, raising more than $100 million for his reelection effort, the first gubernatorial candidate in the Sunshine State — and perhaps the entire country — solely through donations. https://t.co/al9oYEcIXR
— CW44-TV (@CW44_TampaBay) April 8, 2022
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Various individuals and organizations have contributed to the campaign, including erstwhile President Trump’s donor structure, state, and national political parties, Florida corporations, and small contributions from throughout the country.
As Scott Reed, a longtime Republican strategist told the news site, “DeSantis is the buzz of every Republican social gathering and every organizational meeting.”
“His supporters include members of the ruling class, as well as conservative activists. That’s a potent mix to have early in the contest.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis has raised more than $100 million for his reelection effort.
He is going to RUN AWAY with this election.
— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) April 8, 2022
Consider that DeSantis, a veteran congressman, and his Democratic opponent raised a combined $113 million in the 2018 contest for governor of the state of Florida.
According to a CNN investigation, data from OpenSecrets, a campaign funding watchdog, shows the two most prominent gubernatorial contenders to raise $100 million (2010 Republican nominee for Governor of California Meg Whitman and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker) did so primarily with their own money.
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DeSantis is the new favorite to be the Republican Party’s nominee for governor of Florida. In addition, if he decides to run for president in 2024, he will be a strong contender for the Republican nomination in that election.
Mr. DeSantis also suggested that President Biden focus his energy on “unleashing American energy,” rather than seeking resources from other countries or releasing oil from strategic reserves.
“$5.4 million in public infrastructure improvements and support for the industry in the area” were revealed at the governor’s news briefing held in Hamilton County, Florida, on Tuesday.
At the conference, he spoke about a number of important national policy issues, including education, uncontrolled immigration, police departments, and inflation, which DeSantis attributed primarily to President Biden, among others.
The Biden administration’s approaches to a number of national issues, he said, were “self-inflicted wounds.”
“The federal government does not want to engage in domestic energy production,” DeSantis stated. Concerning the Keystone Pipeline and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, he went on to say, “We have the ability to be energy independent.”
His contention is the United States government is impeding the development of energy sovereignty by “denying all of these leases on all of these federal properties.”
The primary election for governor of Florida will take place in August.
When it comes to the general election, DeSantis will most likely be up against Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, or state Sen. Annette Taddeo.