Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis privately tells donors he plans to fundraise for Trump, NBC News reports

Rumor has it that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has privately spoken with his donors, telling them that he plans to fundraise for former President Trump to help him get re-elected this year.

NBC News reports that three sources say that DeSantis made the claim at a private retreat last weekend. The former presidential candidate allegedly told his supporters about his intention at the gathering that took place on Saturday at South Florida’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

“He did say it in front of a group of people at the Hard Rock,” an unnamed DeSantis adviser reportedly told NBC News in an interview.

The source made it clear that DeSantis had vowed previously to support Republican candidates up and down the ballot, “including presidential” when he bowed out of the presidential race last January.

“DeSantis’ remarks come after he was effectively in a political war with Trump, both before and since the governor dropped out of the presidential primary race. It remains unclear if Trump and his team want DeSantis to help them, or have him as an ally, even though the governor did endorse Trump in January,” NBC News reported.

DeSantis’ promise to fundraise for Trump carries a lot of weight in Republican circles and more and more donors are lining up because of it.

“Many of the bundlers who heard from DeSantis at the Hard Rock will likely follow his lead and start trying to raise money for the former president, according to a fundraiser who was at the event,” NBC News added.

“I would say the majority in the room would now be willing to help Trump,” a DeSantis bundler said according to the media outlet.

One of those planning to help fundraise for the former president is Texas businessman Roy Bailey, who was a co-chair of DeSantis’ national finance advisory board. He stated that he intended to raise money for Trump as he did in 2020.

“I will follow the governor’s lead and I will do anything that he or President Trump ask me to do to help him win this election,” Bailey asserted. “I know where there are DeSantis supporters all over Texas and all over the country that will want to help President Trump. So that’s what I’ll try to make happen.”

“He’s committed to helping Trump in any and every way,” he told the Orange County Register. “We are going to follow his lead, and we’re excited to do everything we can to get Trump elected.”

“If we can unlock and motivate our donors for Trump and put more fuel in his tank, that’s what we want to do, and that’s what we need to do to make sure [President Joe] Biden is not reelected,” Bailey contended.

DeSantis is putting his differences with Trump aside for the greater good in the election and it may be a pivotal move in the race.

A Trump campaign adviser commented that the former president’s team was not aware that DeSantis was going to fundraise for them but added that “everyone should be working towards defeating Joe Biden and electing President Trump.”

The Florida Governor’s private retreat took place on the same day that Trump broke records by raising $50.5 million.

“DeSantis’ finance committee is full of fundraisers with massive networks that could help raise money for Trump,” NBC News noted. “Emil Henry, the CEO of Tiger Infrastructure Partners, was a member of DeSantis’ national finance board. Others on the finance committee included Republican donors John Childs, Jay Zeidman, and Bob Giuffra.”

“The Trump campaign’s announcement that it raised $50.5 million at investor John Paulson’s home on Saturday was a single event record. That money would go to Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee, a political action committee paying Trump’s legal bills, and over a dozen state party committees,” the media outlet wrote.

Currently, Republicans are trailing Democrats in money raised in the race but that may change drastically as the GOP coalesces and focuses its fundraising efforts to defeat President Biden in November.


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