Governor DeSantis hauls in campaign contributions

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee reeled in more than $430,000 from more than 30 different contributors, including Disney and ABC Liquor, in the first three weeks of May, according to information posted on the Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee's website.

The amount raised by the Republican governor's political committee this month makes up half of the total amount raised all year, the latest campaign records show. The largest donations came from Disney Worldwide Service and the Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC, each of which contributed $50,000 to the governor’s political committee.

Adrian Fernandez, a Mexican race car driver, also contributed $10,000 in late May. Since DeSantis assumed office on Jan. 10, he has raised $850,000 through his political committee.

Because Florida House and Senate rules do not allow lawmakers to raise money while the Legislature is in session, political fundraising tends to be pared back during those months. The governor is not bound by those rules, but campaign finance numbers show a slow fundraising period from early March through early May, when this year’s legislative session took place. During that time, DeSantis received a total of $270,500 in contributions to his political committee.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.