‘They are going through hell’: Casey DeSantis talks post-Ian Florida Disaster Fund on Fox

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'People are stepping up,' with $12M in donations so far.

First Lady Casey DeSantis is bringing the case for victims of Hurricane Ian to a national audience.

“They are going through hell,” DeSantis said of the victims of the storm, as she pitched the Florida Disaster Fund to a national audience on Fox and Friends.

Private donations have been strong since Thursday’s launch. The first 24 hours of donations brought “just about” $12 million in contributions, a significant amount of money that is “used to supplement what the state is doing” and “to help good people in need.”

“People from across the country and throughout the state of Florida are stepping up like you wouldn’t believe,” DeSantis said.

She noted that the fund is intended to “really help people that have lost everything.”

“They don’t know where to turn. Perhaps insurance doesn’t cover something for them. These funds can help repair roofs and do other things and just help them get back on their feet, because we are going to be with the people of Florida for as long as it takes to help them get their lives back, because they are going through hell, frankly.”

“We are removing the bureaucracy and the red tape,” DeSantis added, “so that the resources can get to the people who need them quickly.”

A news release from the Governor’s Office Thursday outlined many of the initial donors to the fund, with major players stepping up.

Walmart has donated $1.5 million. Amazon gave $1 million, as did Centene Charitable Foundation, Ian MacKechnie, Florida Blue and Lennar. Boeing, Publix, and TECO all gave at least $500,000.

Other major donors included Simply Healthcare ($350,000), Airbnb ($250,000), Wells Fargo ($250,000), Verizon ($125,000), CVS ($100,000), Duke Energy ($100,000), Goldman Sachs ($100,000), Rumble ($100,000), Florida Power and Light ($50,000), National Christian Foundation ($50,000), PGA Tour ($25,000), and Horne ($25,000).

Meanwhile, individual donors, including the dean of NFL quarterbacks, are stepping up.

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


  • Impeach Biden

    September 30, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Very sharp woman like her husband. She will make a fine First Lady.

    • None of Your

      September 30, 2022 at 10:41 am

      If she lives that long!
      Cancer might take her sooner than you think!

      • David in Shoreline

        September 30, 2022 at 2:42 pm

        What a horrible person you are. She has three young children. Would you like your children to hear people wish cancer and death on you?

    • Jay Smif

      September 30, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      $12 million is exactly what Pudgy Fascist Ron DeSantis spent on his pathetic stunt sending immigrants from Texas to MA, and there’s been $40 BILLION in damage to shithole Florida.

      The DeSantis klan are trash through and through. Pudgy Ronny is hated by the nation, and failed the state entirely.

      • TERESA

        September 30, 2022 at 7:41 pm


  • Tjb

    September 30, 2022 at 10:00 am

    My home property insurance company dropped out of the Florida market last week I am now uninsured. I would appreciate your husbands financial support for repairs to my hurricane damage home. I believe that $60,000 should suffice. If Ron can spend $60,000 to send migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, I sure he can help a longtime Florida..

    • Impeach Biden

      September 30, 2022 at 10:06 am

      You had ample warning to find another policy. They just don’t drop you over night. Your stupidity might cost you.

      • Tjb

        September 30, 2022 at 10:18 am

        Yes, and the cost of available insurance double.
        There are many stupid people in Florida as you describe who can’t afford the huge increase in insurance cost.
        Impeach, if you want to help those facing this economic challenge, I am sure as a caring Floridian and Christian, you will help your fellow Florians with a huge donation to help those in need.

      • tpg

        September 30, 2022 at 7:42 pm

        STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!! Guess we know who sucks the orange tit

  • Joe Corsin

    September 30, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Yeah my wife drowned in the attic because she listened to DeSantis stay at home order. I left. Oh well…the btch was a pain in the ass anyway…and a MAGA dumbass. RIP. I’ll collect on the life and house insurance and move inland.

  • Lori Halderson

    September 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP) is emerging as a serious form of child abuse when you have elf fantasies about life on earth. You think there are no shared community resources and that every garb concept and legitimate business concept exists in competition mass quantities when there was no logic and reasoning behind any of it. So insane no one went along with it, so they had to further scorch the earth on heroine herd gestation prisoners. Then they get a lot of attention over the disease and crisis they have created, and their worthless existence has found a meaningless purpose.

  • David In Shoreline

    September 30, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Casey DeSantis is an amazing women. So full of kindness and grace. I am so excited to have her as our next FLOTUS. Thank you to all the businesses who have contributed to the relief efforts. But the real heroes are the small dollar donors and all of the volunteer labor from across this great nation that want to help Florida recover. Because Florida has become a beacon of hope and freedom for so many people in this country.

    • Concern Citizen

      September 30, 2022 at 3:47 pm

      It is sad that we can’t say her husband is full of grace and kindness.

  • President Biden

    September 30, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    President Biden should not give a dime of relief to Florida let them fend for themselves. If you wanna have a piece of 💩 as Governor what comes around goes around… Oh I’m crying for Florida 😆Sandy hit in late October, unusually far north, bringing chaos to New Jersey and New York and leading to more than 100 US deaths. Months later, in January 2013, DeSantis was one of 67 Republicans to vote against a $9.7bn federal aid package for Sandy victims.
    He said then: “I sympathise with the victims of Hurricane Sandy and believe that those who purchased flood insurance should have their claims paid. At the same time, allowing the program to increase its debt by another $9.7bn with no plan to offset the spending with cuts elsewhere is not fiscally responsible.
    “Congress should not authorise billions in new borrowing without offsetting expenditures in other areas. If a family maxes out its credit cards and faces the need for new spending, it is forced to prioritize by reducing its spending in other areas … this ‘put it on the credit card mentality’ is part of the reason we find ourselves nearly $17tn in debt.”

  • DickSantis

    September 30, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Ahhh to bad. NJ was going through hell when Sandy hit but DickSantis and 67 other Retardicans voted against any relief. So what goes around comes around. Don’t give ‘em a dime. Use your flood insurance… 😂😂😂💩💩😂😂

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