‘Fraud on the donor’: Gov. DeSantis condemns Erick Aguilar’s fundraising fake

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'If my name is being used to trick people, that is definitely wrong.'

In the wake of reports that candidate Erick Aguilar was removed from the Republican fundraising platform WinRed after revelations he had been appropriating the identities of national Republicans like Ron DeSantis in pursuit of small-dollar donations, DeSantis had his say Monday in Jacksonville.

“If my name is being used to trick people into providing donations for something that they don’t necessarily want to do, that is definitely wrong,” DeSantis said of the candidate in Florida’s 4th Congressional District.

The Governor made the comments Monday at Florida State College at Jacksonville, responding to Action News Jax reporter Jake Stofan asking if Aguilar should be kicked out of a debate next weekend.

“I haven’t seen those emails. I have heard about it. It is wrong, DeSantis said. To use his name and logo when the money is going to someone else, “that’s a fraud on the donor, and that is wrong.”

The Governor did not offer an opinion as to whether Aguilar should be banned from next weekend’s Sunshine Summit debate, but his words very clearly condemned the decision by Aguilar, a second-time candidate for Congress, to appropriate the identities of DeSantis, former President Donald Trump, and other name Republicans in donor pitches via the WinRed platform.

DeSantis also distanced himself from recurring donations via an “auto-donate” function.

“We do not do that auto because we do not want people to have those charges if that’s something they don’t agree with,” DeSantis said, claiming a television host somewhere said he did otherwise.

The seat, which replaces the minority access seat in the old Florida’s 5th Congressional District, is designed to perform Republican in a General Election. Sen. Aaron Bean and Aguilar are on the Primary ballot, along with health insurance contract analyst Jon Chuba.

A recent Primary poll by the Tyson Group conducted for the Republican Party of Florida showed three-fifths of voters were undecided, with Bean, the president pro tempore of the Florida Senate, getting 24% support and Aguilar 10 points back.

Bean has expressed outrage over Aguilar’s tactics.

“Impersonating Gov. DeSantis and President Trump in fundraising emails is not only shameful and disgusting, but it is also fraud and should be investigated at the state and federal level,” Bean said.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Joe Corsin

    July 19, 2022 at 8:03 am

    Vote RED for fascist police state and domestic anti-government terrorists.
    Vote RED for far right gangs and bad culture
    Vote RED for neo nazi propaganda by red state grifter politicians
    Vote RED for low wage slavery for the rest of American history
    Vote RED for lunatic theocracy and forced birth of trailer park crack and meth babies…AkA prison fodder

  • RedRooster

    July 23, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    During the mid-1800s the Democrats were the party in favor of slavery while the Republican Party was founded as a means to oppose the barbaric practice. It was Democrat justices who ruled in the shameful Dred Scott v. Sanford case that slaves are property which set the stage for the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, the Republican president who won the Civil War in order to end slavery, was assassinated by a democrat, John Wilkes booth. It was Republicans who ushered in the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments that officially ended slavery and gave blacks the right to vote, all of which were opposed by the Democrats. It was also Republicans who ensured that blacks received those rights. When the Democrats took control of the south in the post reconstruction period, they undermined the rights of blacks through poll taxes and literacy test as well as laws that restricted the ability of blacks to own property and run businesses. additionally the Ku Klux Klan terrorized blacks throughout this as the militia arm of the Democratic Party. Progressive icon and Democratic President Woodrow Wilson paid homemade to the KKK by screening “The birth of a nation” in the White House and re-segregating the federal government. Eventually when it came to civil rights it was again the Republicans who supported the law. 80% of Republicans in Congress supported the bill less than 70% of Democrats did. democratic senators filibustered the bill for 75 days until Republicans mustered the few extra votes needed to break the logjam. When all of their efforts to enslave blacks, keep them enslaved, and then keep them from voting had failed, the Democrats came up with a new strategy. “If Black people are going to vote, they might as well vote for Democrats.” As president Lyndon Johnson purported to have said about the civil rights act, “I’ll have them n******* voting Democrat for 200 years.” Today the Democrat party continues to harm blacks with their policies. Massive government welfare has decimated the black family, opposition to school choice has kept them trapped in failing schools. Politically correct policing has left black neighborhoods defenseless against violent crime. So when you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party should come to mind?

  • John Hallway

    July 25, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Shame on you Mr. Gancarski. Start reporting the facts on both sides and start DOING YOUR JOB: REPORTING and not taking sides because you know Aaron Bean! Start talking about your buddy Aaron Bean and how crappy of a person he is. The guy is a clown who has screwed people over. #reportersneedtobeheldaccountable

  • Shelly Sierra

    July 25, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Florida Politics is clearly part of a group of elite people who work with long-time politicians. Shame on you guys for being completely biased in your reporting. Sad and pathetic. #boughtoutbyrinos

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