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UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., speaks at a news conference at the House Triangle to oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act, also called the internet tax, which would require online retailers to collect a sales tax at the time of a purchase. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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Ron DeSantis committee piles up cash

A political committee tied to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis raised $320,000 in July, bringing the committee’s total to $1.26 million, as the Palm Coast Republican contemplates entering the 2018 governor’s race.

The biggest contribution to the “Fund for Florida’s Future” was a July 31 donation of $300,000 from the “Fighting for Florida Fund,” a super PAC that supported DeSantis’ 2016 U.S. Senate campaign, which ended when incumbent Marco Rubio announced his decision to seek re-election. Through the end of July, the Fund for Florida’s Future had only spent $40,222 of the $1.26 million raised, according to the state Division of Elections.

In addition to the fund-raising by the committee, DeSantis continues to raise his profile outside of his congressional district, which includes Flagler, Volusia and parts of St. Johns and Lake counties. He has a scheduled appearance on Aug. 17 at the “Lobsterfest” dinner hosted by Palm Beach County Republicans. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, an announced candidate for governor, is also appearing at the Palm Beach GOP event.

On Aug. 24, DeSantis will be in Miami talking about federal tax-reform proposals in a forum hosted by Americans for Prosperity-Florida. DeSantis is scheduled to appear in additional Americans for Prosperity events in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando in September.

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