Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee doubled its money intake during August, compared to July, raking in contributions worth nearly $685,000. They included two gifts of $100,000 each and brought the total raised since January 2018 to more than $43.5 million.
The $100,000 donors to Friends of Ron DeSantis included Daniel Doyle Jr., CEO of DEX Imaging in Tampa, which sells and services business imaging machines.; and Victoria Stapleton, who listed her field as marketing in documents on file with the Florida Division of Elections.
The committee raised $340,000 during July. In all, it has spent more than $41 million.
James Heavener, chief executive officer of Full Sail University, a private for-profit institution in Winter Park that focuses preparing students for the entertainment industry, contributed $50,000. He reportedly has also invested heavily in President Trump’s re-election campaign. Heavener, who sits on the board of trustees for the University of Florida, gave a second gift of nearly $350.
Additional $50,000 gifts came from James Stephenson, chairman and CEO of Yancey Bro. Co., headquartered in the Atlanta area, which sells and rents construction equipment; and the Realtors Political Action Committee.
A subsidiary of Altria Group Inc., parent company of Philip Morris International Inc. and other tobacco companies, gave $25,000. Others contributing at that level included Duke Energy Florida LLC; AIF PAC, an affiliate of the Associated Industries of Florida; and Dean Colson, a prominent plaintiffs’ attorney from Coral Gables.
The committee’s other donors included health care, insurance, and Disney Worldwide Services Inc.