Florida Governor DeSantis Receives $166.5 Million, Republican Governors Association Leading Donor – Ballotpedia News
Governor Ron DeSantis is Florida State’s top political fundraiser so far in the 2022 election cycle. According to campaign finance reports submitted to the Florida Secretary of State, the Governor has received $166,578,634 in total contributions and spent $42,429,904 between January 1, 2021 and September 2, 2022. DeSantis is running for re-election in 2022.
Governor DeSantis is a member of the Republican Party and first took office in 2019.
Contributions to Governor DeSantis
Of the $166.5 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 31.9% came from the top 10 donors.
Top Donors to Governor DeSantis (01/01/2021 – 02/09/2022)
|Rank||Total amount||Donor name||Donor type|
|1.||$17,350,000.00||Republican Governors Association – Federal||ENTITY|
|2.||$10,000,000.00||Robert T. Bigelow||INDIVIDUAL|
|3.||$9,895,062.31||Republican Party of Florida||ENTITY|
|4.||$5,093,175.47||state of florida||ENTITY|
|5.||$5,000,000.00||Kenneth C Griffin||INDIVIDUAL|
|6.||$2,000,000.00||Club for CAP Growth||ENTITY|
|seven.||$1,250,000.00||Walter W Buckley Jr||INDIVIDUAL|
|8.||$1,000,000.00||Seminole Tribe of Florida||ENTITY|
|9.||$900,000.00||David F. Macneil||INDIVIDUAL|
|ten.||$750,000.00||James A Bowen Jr.||INDIVIDUAL|
Governor DeSantis’ expenses
On the spending side, Governor DeSantis declared more than $42.4 million, with 83.9% of all spending going to the top 10 recipients.
Governor DeSantis’ Top Expenses (01/01/2021 – 02/09/2021)
|Rank||Total amount||Beneficiary’s name||Type of beneficiary|
|1.||$18,490,273.86||Republican Party of Florida||ENTITY|
|2.||$4,787,489.40||Flexpoint Media Inc||ENTITY|
|3.||$4,099,826.00||Blitz Canvassing LLC||ENTITY|
|4.||$2,500,000.00||Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, Inc.||ENTITY|
|5.||$1,858,441.39||Ace Specialties LLC||ENTITY|
|8.||$598,824.78||Election Connections Inc||ENTITY|
|9.||$495,213.00||The Lukens Company||ENTITY|
|ten.||$394,702.76||Monthly Spectrum LLC||ENTITY|
How Governor DeSantis’ fundraising compares to that of other governors
Among elected officials at the same level of public office, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether a position holder is standing for re-election, influence donor activity. Here’s how Governor DeSantis’ fundraising compares to 10 other governors with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:
Fundraising reported by 11 US governors in 2022 election cycle
The above data is based on campaign finance reports that active Florida PACs have submitted to the Florida Secretary of State. Transparency USA releases campaign finance data after key reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require registrants to submit additional reports.
|Report name||Reporting period||Deadline|
|2021 Q4 (2021 M12)||01/10/2021 – 31/12/2021||01/10/2022|
|2022 Q1 (2022 M1, M2, M3)||01/01/2022 – 03/31/2022||04/11/2022|
|2022 Primary 2 (M4, M5, Primary 1 & P2)||01/04/2022 – 30/06/2022||08/07/2022|
|2022 General 1 (Primary 2, 2A, 3,4,5,6, P7 & General 1, G1A)||01/07/2022 – 02/09/2022||09/09/2022|
|2022 General 3 (General 2,2A,3 & 3A)||03/09/2022 – 30/09/2022||07/10/2022|
|2023 Jan Semester (General 4, 4A, 5 & Semester)||01/10/2022 – 31/12/2022||01/10/2023|
This article is a joint publication of Ballot and Transparency United Stateswho work together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.