Jul 23, 2021 - Politics

Almost half of DeSantis' PAC money is from out of state

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DeSantis at a Miami roundtable discussion about the uprising in Cuba. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Almost half of the money to reelect Gov. Ron DeSantis is coming from outside the state, Florida Politics reports, with more people donating from outside Florida than in.

By the numbers: The political action committee Friends of Ron DeSantis has more than $44.5 million on hand.

  • 47% of the PAC's donations this year β€” $17 million of $36.7 million β€” came from 6,929 out-of-state donors.
  • In the same period, 4,700 Floridians gave DeSantis $19.7 million.
  • DeSantis had more donors from Florida than from out of state July 1-15, but reporter Haley Brown notes they contributed less money.

Why it matters: It's gasoline on the fire of his rumored presidential run, and a bad look for his Democratic competitors who aren't pulling in nearly as much money from in-state, let alone the rest of the country.

Who's donating: The two largest donations came from Illinois investment manager Kenneth C. Griffin, who gave $5 million, and the Republican Governors Association in D.C., which gave $4.6 million.

  • California has the most individual donors outside Florida, with $1.13 million from 500 donors.

The bottom line: Floridians aren't the only ones depending on DeSantis, and win or lose in 2022, his fundraising power shows he's not going away anytime soon.


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