Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Breaks Gubernatorial Fundraising Record

Many people expect Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for president in 2024, but leading up to that, his gubernatorial campaign has set an all-time record for most money raised by a gubernatorial candidate with more than $218 million in his war chest as of September 16.

Comparatively, his democratic opponent Charlie Crist, had raised a little over $17 million as of September 16. While DeSantis has raised 12 times more money than Crist, money and an electoral win are not the same thing.

The difference between DeSantis’ fundraising efforts and his opponent Charlie Christ’s led to the contents of this video where Crist essentially begs democratic donors to give anything to his campaign to help him catch up to DeSantis.

What is potentially more telling about the state of the election was DeSantis’ recent speech at the National Conservatism Conference (NCC). DeSantis did not mention Crist by name one time and rather than campaigning in front of a big audience, he simply talked about his previous wins in the state.

According to Politico, DeSantis even gave money to help other Republican candidates in the state. “DeSantis earlier this month shifted $2.5 million from his political committee to the Florida Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm controlled by incoming Senate President Kathleen Passidomo. It’s the single largest contribution recorded by the committee this cycle and since its creation back in 2014.”

DeSantis has raised the money for his campaign primarily in two ways, his personal re-election effort and a super PAC that supports him with about 75% of the money raised coming from the super PAC.

DeSantis has been in the news over the past year as much as any other conservative politician in America, even President Donald Trump. He has most recently reached the spotlight by busing a migrants out of the state, standing against abortion, his “anti-woke” educational policies, and a public feud with Disney World.

His opinions and politics may not enjoy bipartisan support, but they have clearly done a good job in helping him fund his next campaign, and who knows what he will run for next.