PAC Report: Friends of Ron DeSantis gave money back as Cabinet fundraising continues slow

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Campaign contributions reports for committees backing Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Florida Cabinet show continued sluggish fundraising amid the COVID-19 response during May, with the governor’s political committee actually showing a deficit for the month.

The Friends of Ron DeSantis report reflects an inflow of $25,000 from Chicago investor and philanthropist Marshall Field and a refund for that same amount. The report also shows a $12,500 refund to Rhodora Donahue of Naples, widow of the late investor and philanthropist Jack Donahue.

The result was a declared total of negative $12,241.67 for the month. DeSantis is a Republican.

Treasure Florida, which raises money in support of Republican Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, collected $3,050 during May, following two months in which it raised no money whatsoever. His biggest gift during May was $1,000 from Panama City philanthropist Karen Durden.

Florida Consumers First, the PAC supporting Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried, reported only $6,000 during May, following $1,000 in donations during April. The May donations included $5,000 from Winter Park businessman Brian Albertson.

Friends of Ashley Moody, benefitting Florida’s Republican attorney general, collected zero dollars during both May and April.