PAC report: Gov. DeSantis’ committee continues to amass cash

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis visits Christian school in Jacksonville to tout new voucher program. Credit: Florida Channel

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee collected more than $700,000 during November, including a single donation of $100,000 from Charles B. Johnson, the retired chairman and CEO of investment house Franklin Templeton, according to records filed with the state.

Johnson, who lives in Palm Beach and is worth nearly $5 billion, according to Forbes, retired in 2013.

The Friends of Ron DeSantis collected six donations of $50,000. They came from Jacksonville real estate developer John D. Baker II; the Committee of Safety Net Hospitals; Florida CUPAC, representing credit unions; the Lewis Bear Co., a Pensacola beverage distributor; Humana; and Melbourne Greyhound Park LLC.

Thomas Corr, president of the George E. Warren Corp., which imports and blends petroleum, gave twice – $1,000 on Nov. 14 and $30,000 on Nov. 22. The committee collected $25,000 gifts from five donors, including Swisher International Inc., the tobacco company, and Publix.

The precise monthly tally was $701,806.54. The committee’s year-to-date cash haul is nearly $4.2 million.

Division of Elections records reflect a gain of more than $28,000 under the committee’s expenditures, reflecting a refund from Ventura Media Partners Inc., a media placement company in California.

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.