Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee raised nearly $437,000 during May – more than it collected during all of the year’s first quarter, according to records on file with the Florida Division of Elections.
The committee’s year-to-date haul surpassed $850,000. The largest donors were the Florida Chamber of Commerce, at $50,000, and Disney Worldwide Services Inc., which gave two donations of $25,000.
Additional $25,000 contributions came from Florida East Coast Industries, a holding company that controls Brightline, the privately owned intercity passenger railroad, plus logistics and development arms; TECO Energy; ABC Liquors; and Rybovich Boat Co., which operates a mega-yacht marina and repair facility.
Committees supporting Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis were quiet last month. Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried’s Florida Consumers First PAC raised $2,131 in small donations – the largest was one gift of $250.
Early May marked the end of the 2019 legislative session, when the Republican-dominated House and Senate gave the new GOP governor legislation cracking down on undocumented immigrants, limits on felon voting rights, arming teachers, expanding publicly funded vouchers to send kids to private schools, making it harder for citizen campaigns to amend the Florida Constitution, and more.