Ron DeSantis political committee rakes in $4.5M in November

DeSantis maintains a major lead over his Democratic rivals.

Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ political committee continued strong fundraising in November, with $4,531,294 spread among 1,232 new contributions, pushing the account just south of $67 million on hand.

The Friends of Ron DeSantis November haul was its lowest monthly total since July, when the committee brought in $4,228,978.

The leading November donor, with a $500,000 donation, was venture capitalist Walter W. Buckley Jr. of the Buckley Muething Capital Management Co.

Elaine Wold, a DeSantis donor from as far back as the 2018 campaign, gave the committee $250,000, a number that matched her 2018 contributions.

The DeVos family also donated, with four members stroking $50,000 checks to the committee, including Richard DeVos, the husband of former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Another notable contribution ($25,000) came from the Oliva Cigar Company, former House Speaker José Oliva‘s business.

Institutional donors also anted up, including the REALTORS and the Florida Police Benevolent Association. But a lot of the action on the report came from small-dollar donations as low as $4 and $5, offering more evidence the Governor is a national phenomenon.

DeSantis opened his campaign account in November, and recorded $1,490,429 in fundraising during the debut month from 11,070 individual contributions from across not just the state but the nation. The Republican Party of Florida cut the campaign a $100,000 check.

Democratic fundraising is starting to come in for November, but no one is matching DeSantis.

Democrat Charlie Crist touted raising more than $607,000 in November. That sum gave Crist more than $5 million raised, with $3.54 million cash on hand.

Nikki Fried, who launched her campaign in June, had about $3.36 million on hand and more than $216,000 raised in the month between her campaign and political committee, Florida Consumers First.

State Sen. Annette Taddeo had roughly $627,000 on hand through October, between her campaign account and her political committee, Fight Back Florida.  November numbers are pending for Taddeo.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tom

    December 9, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Bad news, now Crist is now $71million behind.

  • zhombre

    December 11, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Re-elect DeSantis 2022. Make Democrats bitch, moan and cry.

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