DeSantis Has Humongous Cash Advantage With Election Weeks Away
With the midterm election now only weeks away, DeSantis has maintained a commanding advantage in spending, even while donating to other conservative state candidates.
The Capitolist writes, “Newly filed reports show DeSantis had about $102 million in available cash in his political committee and campaign account as of Oct. 7.”
By the same date, Crist only had 2.9 million.
DeSantis’s advantage can be partially attributed to his popularity, drawing donors from across the entire nation, while Crist, lacking similar levels of name recognition, is more limited.
And the difference isn’t just in overall funds; it’s in donation size too. According to a report posted Friday on the state Division of Elections website, as of Oct. 7, Crist’s Friends of Charlie Crist political committee had raised about $12.282 million since being formed in May 2021. Meanwhile, DeSantis’ Friends of Ron DeSantis committee received a donation of $10 million from Nevada businessman Robert Bigelow in July and a $5 million contribution from hedge-fund manager Kenneth Griffin in April.
Those top contributions alone eclipse the entirety of Crist’s efforts.
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But why such large donations? According to The Florida Standard, Bigelow cited DeSantis’ handling of Disney’s cultural messaging and COVID-19 and the Parental Rights in Education Bill as major draws.
“Shortly after, when the politically-powerful company opposed the state’s Parental Rights in Education bill (HB 1557), Bigelow knew he wanted to contribute to the governor’s campaign.”
Other large donors to DeSantis include the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has donated a total of 2 million this year, and the conservative Club for Growth PAC, which made a $2 million contribution.
The size of the disparity serves as a backdrop to recent scandals surrounding Crist and his apparent desperation to draw funds. These scandals include him asking Hurrican Ian victims to donate, public funds covering campaign events, and even a left-wing charity scam that funded Crist’s campaign ads.
A recent Crist campaign email asking” “top grassroots donors to make an urgent donation.” drove this sentiment home.
“Our worst fear is that we wake up after the 2022 election and have a second term with Ron DeSantis as governor. At that point, there won’t be anything else we can do.”
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