Ron DeSantis’ political committee rakes in nearly $5.6 million in June
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The Governor has more than $44 million in cash on hand.

CorrectionAn earlier version of this story was based on incomplete figures. All totals have been updated accordingly.

Whether an increased national profile leads Gov. Ron DeSantis to the White House someday remains speculation. But it is providing a wealth of resources for his reelection effort in 2022.

The Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee in June raised $5,553,665 in donations.

While DeSantis technically has not filed for reelection or launched his campaign, he’s expected to seek a second term. Not filing yet means he has not raised any money to an official account, but his June contribution haul exceeds what committees for Democratic opponents Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried reported for the past two months combined.

Perhaps more significant, the money came courtesy of more than 3,500 different donations to the committee and from all over the country. More than 2,600 of those donations were for less than $100, showing a bounty of interest from small donors.

That said, small checks are small checks. The majority of the money, $3,027,500 of it, came from 93 checks for five-figure sums or greater.

The biggest lift came courtesy a $1.8 million check from the Republican Governors Association.

Daytona Beach restaurateur Gale Lemerand gave the largest donation from an individual, a whopping $500,000 given on June 30.

One individual, Naples real estate agent Brenda O’Loughlin, made a donation of $100,000 to the committee. Another three checks of the same amount came from the political committees Associated Industries of Florida, Florida Prosperity Fund and Health Option One.

In total, 27 checks came from political committees, constituting $862,000 in total donations.

The heightened activity of the committee also means greater expenses, and the organization for June also reported $321,746 in spending. That included $85,450 that went to Washington-based Eleventh Street Strategies for fundraising efforts and another $33,628 for the same purpose to HMB Strategies in Tallahassee.

Another $27,296 went toward processing credit card payments alone.

While that’s a lot of overhead for fundraising, it seems to have paid off exponentially.

The bottom line, the committee closed the month of June with $44,521,330 in cash on hand. That’s an amount that eclipses the monetary efforts of Democrats.

Fried on Tuesday announced she had raised nearly $813,000 in the first month of her campaign for Governor. In all, the Democratic contender holds roughly $2.18 million on hand. Crist, meanwhile, raised $130,500 last month, a significant drop from the $1.2 million he raised in May, which was his first month in the race.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Tom

    July 6, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Wait til the end of the year report.
    Governor DeSantis Is America’s Governor and will wipe the floor with the Dem party. Has Nikki Fraud withdrawn yet? Crispy Crisp isn’t liked within or on the other side. Landslide Ron is on the March.

    • Ocean Joe

      July 7, 2021 at 8:10 am

      Yes, if we had the kind of world you seem to want, nobody would run against him, and we could just skip elections.

      • Tom

        July 7, 2021 at 10:51 am

        It doesn’t matter who runs Joe ocean, go smell some more seaweed. You and your Dummycrats are going to get a smack down. You lockdown doomers have nothing to offer. Crispy Crist and Nikki Fraud, really? She needs to drop out now. What a joke. Not ready for prime time. America’s Governor is setting the pace state wide and nationally. What’s the platform, no schools, make seniors wait on shots, no open businesses, or jobs, anti environment. Gov Ron is an A on all above topics. Dummycrats benefit cause of him
        and your ungrateful. 55% is doable especially with this crowd. He’s a workhorse not a show horse. Common sense Governor who read the science unlike the clown Gov in New York. Doubled them in monies raised in same period then those two combined. Enjoy.

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