DeSantis’ campaign warns donors that giving to PAC hurts his reelection, cannibalizes support

America’s Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has become a household name not only for standing firm against the progressive onslaught in the culture war but for taking the fight back to them as well. Now, as he continues to haul in massive contribution totals for his reelection campaign, the governor’s team is warning donors about potential grifters that could hamper future efforts.

Recently, DeSantis’ reelection campaign began issuing letters to key supporters to alert them that there was no affiliation between the campaign and a political action committee (PAC) named “Ready for Ron.” Fox News obtained a copy of the letter and reported on the details of the “aggressive” self-promotion.

Credited to DeSantis’ 2022 reelection campaign legal counsel Benjamin Gibson, the letter explained the PAC “is apparently engaging in an aggressive media campaign to promote itself, running political ads, and actively soliciting contributions from supporters of Governor DeSantis.”

The letter made note of other promoters that used the campaign’s logo or the governor’s likeness to sell goods and stated, “While this certainly is a signal of the broad, enthusiastic support for Ron DeSantis, it does not directly benefit his Campaign for governor.”

“In reality, the PAC is actively taking financial resources away from Governor DeSantis and his re-election efforts. While possibly well-intentioned, these types of organizations tend to cannibalize support that would normally be offered to the candidate directly,” the letter explained.

Fox News went on to report that the Ready for Ron PAC is helmed by former President Ronald Reagan’s campaign chairman from his 1984 landslide victory, Ed Rollins. Rollins went on to run the Great America PAC in support of former President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and has endeavored to draft DeSantis for a presidential run ahead of 2024. The PAC is also led by Lilian Rodríguez-Baz, a conservative activist and appellate attorney in Miami, FL.

“We think DeSantis is a very strong candidate,” Rollins told Fox News. “He would carry on a lot of the efforts of President Trump’s agenda.”

After Fox News detailed the letter from DeSantis’ campaign, Rollins issued a statement that read in part, “we are thrilled the DeSantis campaign is seeing the Ready for Ron messaging online and on air. We hope they like the comparison of Governor DeSantis’ visionary leadership to Ronald Reagan’s – especially as Joe Biden makes our economy more like Jimmy Carter’s every day.”

The advertising does stipulate that it is “not authorized by any candidate or candidates committee” but still, the letter from the campaign made clear, that “the only way a supporter of Governor DeSantis can ensure that their contribution will be used to support the Governor and/or his agenda is to donate directly to the Ron DeSantis for Governor Campaign, or to Friends of Ron DeSantis, the political committee that promotes Governor DeSantis and his conservative policies.”

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that in May the governor’s campaign raised another $10.2 million for his reelection. That sum brought his total up to $124 million raised compared to his Democratic rivals, former governor and current Rep. Charlie Crist with $10.2 million and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried with $6.9 million.

Thus far, DeSantis has remained leagues ahead of his opponents without being “affiliated with any federal political entity, nor has Governor DeSantis authorized any federal political activity to be conducted on his behalf,” according to the letter.


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