Before he dispatched 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard last week, which became the week’s top national news story, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) campaign organization raised a record $177.4 million. That total is more than any other governor in history, according to The Daily Wire.
According to an investigation of state campaign finance data by Open Secrets, DeSantis’ reelection campaign has raised more than $31.4 million since January 2021, while his state-level political action committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, has raised $146 million.
DeSantis transported 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, an affluent left-leaning community, last week, igniting left-wing indignation and drawing attention to President Joe Biden’s border issue, likely causing his enormous political war chest has probably increased.
Biden and former President Donald Trump (R) were included on a list of the top 20 potential contenders for president in 2024 by Open Secrets. Still, DeSantis outraised them all in terms of fundraising.
Following are the top five contenders in order of fundraising totals:
1. Ron DeSantis (R), governor of Florida, $174,285,801.
2. J.B. Pritzker (D), governor of Illinois, $133,252,795.
3. Donald Trump (R), former U.S. president, $131,052,563.
4. Tim Scott (R), U.S. Senator from South Carolina, $35,325,367.
5. Mike Pence (R), former U.S. vice president, $18,000,000.
President Joe Biden has only raised about $11,850,907 and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has attempted to raise his own national profile by taking on DeSantis, and has only raised about $6,776,976.
DeSantis is not being frugal with his money as he has donated millions to help Republican candidates in lower-level elections expand their margins of victory in the state legislature.
Trump, on the other hand, isn’t giving money to support Republican candidates—at least not yet—despite Republican leaders’ attempts to get him to do so in order to help those candidates who are down in the polls.
DeSantis criticized Biden for his administration’s lack of urgency in dealing with other issues while hammering him for his administration’s response to DeSantis moving the 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard last week.
“I also was a little bit perplexed when I heard that the president is scrambling to get his Cabinet together to try to address the fact that you have governors who are helping to relocate illegal aliens to sanctuary cities,” DeSantis said. “Now, he didn’t scramble to get his Cabinet together when we had millions of people illegally pouring across the southern border.”
“He didn’t scramble to get his Cabinet together when you had 43, 53 migrants die in some trailer in Texas because they were neglected by the federal government,” DeSantis continued.
“You didn’t see him scramble to get his Cabinet together when we had Americans that were victimized by criminal aliens that he let across the border. You didn’t see him scramble to get his Cabinet together when we hit record fentanyl deaths, which, that fentanyl is coming across his open border. It’s only when you have 50 illegal aliens end up in a very wealthy, rich sanctuary enclave that he decides to scramble on this.”