New ‘Watchtower’ website to scrutinize Ron DeSantis’ donor relationships

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Is DeSantis 'abandoning' Floridians for his national base of donors?

New scrutiny is promised for Gov. Ron DeSantis and his cozy ties to some of the richest people in the country, who happen also to be some of his biggest donors.

DeSantis Watch, a collaboration between Florida Watch and Progress Florida, is rolling out a new Watchtower website billed as an “aggressive General Election accountability project” aimed at the Governor.

“No politician in the country spends more time abandoning the people they were elected to serve in order to advance their own personal ambitions than Ron DeSantis,” said DeSantis Watch Communications Director Anders Croy.

“With the full launch of, we are proud to provide Floridians with the original resources they need to help hold Ron accountable for his failure as our state’s Governor. The time to fight back is now and DeSantis Watch is dedicated to ending Ron’s climb up the political ladder this November.”

Material will be in English and Spanish, and will include “videos, graphics and original research that highlight all the ways that Ron DeSantis’ relentless focus on his own personal ambition and drive to do the bidding of his billionaire and corporate donors are fueling the ongoing affordability crisis facing Floridians.”

Two articles are already on the site, offering a sample of the original research touted.

“Ron’s cozy relationship with the real estate and finance industries,” posted Aug. 19, draws a direct line between donor relationships and the unfettered market forces that have pushed up prices in recent years, increasing average rents by more than 40%, home prices by more than 63%, and property insurance rates more than twice what they were under former Gov. Rick Scott.

“Ron’s Top 10 billionaire buddies and ultra-wealthy donors” offers a similar read of how DeSantis’ dealings with transactional plutocrats have driven his political machine.

“A DeSantis Watch review of campaign contributions available in public records shows that of the Governor’s Top 10 individual donors, those based outside Florida have contributed $24 million versus $12.6 million from those in-state,” the analysis reads. Familiar names like Robert BigelowKen Griffin and Ike Perlmutter, multimillion-dollar donors all, get renewed scrutiny here.

The videos synthesize much of this messaging. “Ron’s presidential travel tour” juxtaposes a jet-setting Governor “focused on his political ambitions” with the in-state affordability crisis.

“Ron DeSantis cares about one thing and one thing only: himself,” asserted the travel tour video.

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


  • Impeach Biden

    August 24, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Let the “attempted” smear campaign begin. Of course the MSM and many Newspapers will be on board including The People’s Paper of Broward County, Sun-Sentinel.

    • Nancy summers

      August 24, 2022 at 10:45 am

      Chis was governor once, and did nothing, he is money hunger as is bidens

      • Lee Roller

        August 25, 2022 at 2:46 pm

        Once more…in English.

    • marylou

      August 24, 2022 at 2:51 pm

      MSM will push Desantis 2022 because they will make $$$ off a 2024 Trump v Desantis battle-to-the-death!

  • PeterH

    August 24, 2022 at 10:39 am

    The American public have a right to know where DeSantis’s money comes from and what his benefactor’s agenda.

    DeSantis is very far from the “moderate” he pretended in the 2018 election.

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……AMERICANS MUST VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE. REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

    • Impeach Biden

      August 24, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Funny how you left wingers are so concerned about your bodies. Where was the outrage it’s Covid vaccinations. So you want to know who is financing DeSantis?Let’s see who is financing Val Demings campaign. It’s gonna take lots of cash as she attempts to separate her Congressional votes from Pelosi and Biden.

      • Cris

        August 24, 2022 at 11:14 am

        We left wingers were also very concerned about our bodies during COVID. That’s why we got vaccinated. We didn’t want to get sick and possibly die a tortuous death.

      • Ocean Joe

        August 24, 2022 at 11:39 am

        Glad to see you’ve moved your fixation from Nikki Fried to Val.
        Sounds like you think she’s got a shot.

  • Elaine Weistock

    August 25, 2022 at 11:29 am

    DeSantis is fighting the culture wars rather than fighting to improve the lives of Floridians. What has he done to provide affordable housing, quality public schools and public school education, accessible and affordable health care, and toxin free waterways? His notable achievements are fostering divisiveness with his own version of Wokeness (fettering free speech with regard to sexual orientation and promoting an educational system based on cultural biases). Florida deserves better.

    • Tjb

      August 27, 2022 at 9:46 am

      Elaine, you left out the fact that DeSantis doesn’t have a moral compass.

  • De$antis needs your money.

    August 25, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Let the truth about De$antis be seen and heard. Just another rich lawyer duping a bunch of marks into doing his bidding. Right wingers, be sure to empty your PIGGY bank for Don Ron. He sure needs your hard earned $ to have a chance.

    Be Gone Ron.

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