DeSantis campaign warns ‘Ready for Ron’ PAC donations don’t benefit Florida governor’s re-election

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FIRST ON FOX: Governor Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign is warning donors to the Florida Republican that contributions sent to “Ready for Ron,” a newly formed federal political action committee, “do not benefit Governor DeSantis or his re-election.”

The letter, obtained by Fox News and confirmed by DeSantis’ political team, pointed out that the new PAC “apparently engages in an aggressive media campaign to promote itself, runs political ads, and actively solicits contributions from Governor DeSantis supporters.” “.

But Benjamin Gibson, legal counsel for the DeSantis 2022 re-election campaign, argued in the letter that “in reality, the PAC is actively taking financial resources a way of Governor DeSantis and his re-election efforts. While perhaps well-meaning, these types of organizations tend to cannibalize support that would normally be offered directly to the candidate.”

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And Gibson reminded donors that “the only way for a Governor DeSantis supporter to ensure that their contribution will be used to support the Governor and/or his agenda is to donate directly to the Ron DeSantis Campaign for Governor, or the Friends of Ron DeSantis, the political committee that promotes Governor DeSantis and his conservative policies.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks with Fox News Digital for an interview, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 7, 2022.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks with Fox News Digital for an interview, in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 7, 2022.
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The headline of the letter emphasized that the governor and his campaign “are not affiliated with any federal political entity, and Governor DeSantis has not authorized any federal political activity to be conducted on his behalf.”

The DeSantis campaign told Fox News the letter was sent to an early group of key supporters and allies, as well as people who inquired about “Ready for Ron.”

DeSantis, a former congressman who was narrowly elected governor in 2018, has become a fundraising giant as he runs for re-election, bringing in well over $100 million this cycle and eclipsing fundraising. funds from the Democrats in hopes of challenging him in the November general election.

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The governor has seen his popularity rise among Republican voters in his state and nation over the past two years, thanks in large part to his relentless resistance to COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as his its aggressive actions in the culture wars. . While DeSantis has repeatedly hijacked talk of a potential run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, pundits see him as a possible candidate for the White House.

The Ready for Ron PAC, which apparently aims to recruit DeSantis to run for the White House in 2024, is led by Ed Rollins – the campaign chairman of former President Ronald Reagan’s landslide re-election in 1984 who, decades later later led the Great America PAC which backed then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election and Lilian Rodríguez-Baz, a Miami appellate attorney and conservative activist. The two teamed up to launch the online petition to collect signatures encouraging DeSantis to announce a presidential election in 2024.

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

Rollins said his committee would serve as a resource for DeSantis supporters in hopes that the Florida governor might launch a presidential campaign, and it would also help build an infrastructure of national support.

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The DeSantis campaign, in the letter, noted other types of “activity that purports to support Governor DeSantis, but in reality consumes resources that could go to the campaign,” pointing to online merchants selling items bearing the DeSantis campaign logo and using the Governor’s name or likeness on their articles.

“While this is certainly a signal of the broad and enthusiastic support for Ron DeSantis, it does not directly benefit his gubernatorial campaign,” the letter said.

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