PAC report: DeSantis committee collected $675,000 during February

Two $100,000 contributions from Orlando financier Craig Mateer helped propel the Friends of Ron DeSantis, a political committee aligned with Florida’s Republican governor, to a nearly $675,000 fundraising haul during February, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

The committee collected three gifts of $50,000; they came from Floridians for a Stronger Democracy, a PAC connected to the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) business lobby; DentalQuest PAC in Nashville; and Igas USA Inc., a Tampa company that manufactures refrigerants, records show.

Mateer founded CCM Capital Group Services after selling Bags Inc., a baggage handling company he’d also founded, for $275 million in 2018.

As for the members of the Florida Cabinet, which with the governor oversees much of state government:

Treasure Florida, the committee for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, collected $70,500, including two gifts worth $25,00 and $10,000 from the AIF-affiliated Florida Prosperity Fund and $10,000 from the Consumer Protection Alliance, chaired by insurance plaintiffs’ attorney Anthony Lopez. Additional donors included Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha and ($5,000) and Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee ($500).

Friends of Ashley Moody, which raises money to assist Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody, raised $20,000, including $15,000 from the Palm Beach County FirePAC.

Florida Consumers First, benefitting Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Nikki Fried, hadn’t posted to the elections division website as of mid-afternoon Tuesday.