DeSantis Raised More Than $3.6M in First Half of June

DeSantis Raised More Than $3.6M in First Half of June Ron DeSantis GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Tuesday, 28 June 2022 12:40 PM

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., continues to rake in money for his reelection campaign.

DeSantis received more than $3.6 million through his campaign account and his political committee through the first half of June, Florida Politics reported.

That increased the DeSantis campaign coffer in mid-June to $114,340,380 — several times what Democrat contenders have raised to challenge the governor as he seeks a second term.

Nearly $2.6 million in early June went to Friends of Ron DeSantis, and more than $1 million was raised through the official campaign account for DeSantis and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez.

Florida Politics said that although the two accounts were spending substantially, the PAC closed the month with almost $107 million in available cash, and the DeSantis candidate account had another $7.4 million in the bank.

Donations included six-figure checks from Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley's investment fund, a company run by nursing home investor Michael Bleich, and former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Florida Politics reported.

Besides that, the Republican Party of Florida has provided more than $471,000 worth of in-kind support, the outlet reported.

Friends of Ron DeSantis raised more than $2.1 million in early June via 49 donations of $10,000 or more.

Florida Care, a New York-based company that lists Bleich as director, gave the largest check, worth $400,000.

Bleich, also the CEO of NursDynamics, has acquired dozens of financially troubled nursing homes in Florida while seeking to build new ones in the state in recent years, Florida Politics reported.

The second biggest donation, $250,000, came from Foley's Cannae Holdings. Foley previously served as executive officer for Fidelity National Financial, then the largest title insurance company in the country.

Rauner, a Hyatt heir, defeated Democrat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014 but lost to Democrat J.B. Pritzker four years later. He donated $200,000 to DeSantis.

A Key Largo, Florida, resident, Rauner previously donated to the Florida Republican Party and the Florida House Republican Campaign Committee.

Florida Politics also reported that Friends of Ron DeSantis had stepped up spending, dropping $600,000 on media placements through Ohio-based Flexpoint Media. DeSantis' official campaign account also spent more than $90,000 with the firm.

Politico on Sunday reported that Friends of Ron DeSantis had received $3.4 million this election cycle from 10 donors who also earmarked $24 million for Trump's reelection bid in 2020.

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