PAC report: Friends of Ron DeSantis brings in $725k-plus during January

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee raised more than $725,000 to open 2020, with contributions from a billionaire hedge fund manager, the Orlando Magic basketball franchise, Publix Super Markets, and assorted real estate and development companies.

Paul Tudor Jones II of Tudor Investment Corp., whose net worth exceeds $5 billion, kicked in $125,000 to the Friends of Ron DeSantis committee, according to records for January maintained by the Florida Division of Elections.

The exact bottom line for the month was $725,519.06.

Gifts of $50,000 came from The St. Joe Co., one of Florida’s largest landholders, and the Florida Prosperity Fund, a political committee tied to Associated Industries of Florida, the business lobby.

Publix was among eight contributors of $25,000. Others included Paul J. Bispham of Sarasota, with interests in real estate; Prosperity Florida, a committee run by attorney and former Republican legislator Thomas Grady of Naples; and Collier Enterprises Management, another real estate company.

The Magic ponied up a check for $10,000 and $6,180 in the use of its facilities and food and drink.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.