Ron DeSantis’ political committee raised nearly $ 5.6 million in June
Correction: An earlier version of this story was based on incomplete numbers. All totals have been updated accordingly.
If an increased national profile leads Gov. Ron DeSantis in the White House one day remains speculation. But he is providing a wealth of resources for his re-election effort in 2022.
the Ron DeSantis’ friends Political Committee in June raised $ 5,553 in donations.
Although DeSantis has technically not sought re-election or launched his campaign, he is expected to run for a second term. Not yet depositing means he hasn’t raised money into an official account, but his June contribution exceeds what committees for Democratic opponents Charlie crist and Nikki Fried reported for the last two months combined.
Perhaps more importantly, the money came from over 3,500 different donations to the committee and from across the country. Over 2,600 of these donations were under $ 100, indicating considerable interest from small donors.
However, small checks are small checks. The majority of the money, $ 3,027,500, came from 93 checks for amounts with five or more digits.
The biggest boost came with a check for $ 1.8 million from the Republican Governors Association.
Daytona Beach restaurateur Gale Lemerand donated the largest single donation, a whopping $ 500,000 given on June 30th.
An individual, real estate agent in Naples Brenda O’Loughlin, donated $ 100,000 to the committee. Three other checks for the same amount came from the Associated Industries of Florida, Florida Prosperity Fund and Health Option One policy committees.
A total of 27 checks came from political committees, representing $ 862,000 in total donations.
The increased committee activity also means higher expenses, and the organization for June also reported expenses of $ 321,746. This included $ 85,450 which went to Washington-based Eleventh Street Strategies for fundraising efforts and an additional $ 33,628 for the same purpose to HMB Strategies in Tallahassee.
Another $ 27,296 was spent on processing credit card payments alone.
While this is a lot of overhead for fundraising, it seems to have paid off exponentially.
Ultimately, the committee closed June with $ 44,521,330 in cash on hand. It’s an amount that overshadows the Democrats’ monetary efforts.
Fried announced on Tuesday that she had raised nearly $ 813,000 in the first month of his campaign for governor. In total, the Democratic candidate has around $ 2.18 million. Crist, meanwhile, raised $ 130,500 last month, a significant drop from the $ 1.2 million he raised in May, which was his first month in the race.