Gov. DeSantis’ political committee rakes in cash from business, finance, health, and other groups

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee reported record fundraising during June – $718,449.19, to be precise. The largest gift was $100,000 from the Hutson Cos. LLC, owned by the family of state Sen. Travis Hutson.

The haul far surpassed the nearly $437,000 the Friends of Ron DeSantis collected during May, and that amount represented more than the committee collected during all of the year’s first quarter, according to records on file with the Florida Division of Elections.

The committee has collected more than $42.5 million since it began reporting contributions in January 2018. During June, it spent $64,786, including $50,589 with Macadamia Strategies LLC in Washington, run by GOP fundraiser and political strategist Arie Lipnick. The next biggest expenditure was $8,750 to Tallahassee consultant Heather Barker’s HMB Strategies LLC.

The second-largest contribution was $50,000 from The Villages of Lake Sumter Inc., one of a number of entities connected to the large Central Florida retirement development.

There were 12 gifts of $25,000 from donors including UnitedHealth Group Inc.; AIF PAC, an arm of the business lobby Associated Industries of Florida; James M. Seneff Jr, founder of CNL Financial Group, a hedge fund headquartered in Orlando; and Aecom Technology Corp., which finances, builds, and manages infrastructure projects across the world, including Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

Hutson is a Palm Coast Republican elected to the Senate in 2015 following three years in the state House. He’s chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development. The Hutson Cos. Is a land development company headquartered in St. Augustine.

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