Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s campaign raised a massive sum of money in its first six weeks. The campaign announced on Wednesday that it had raised $20 million since March 8, when DeSantis announced his intention to run for president in 2024. It was “the largest first-quarter filing from any non-incumbent Republican candidate in more than a decade.”
The governor’s presidential campaign raised more money in its first quarter than former President Donald Trump’s current campaign raised in its first two quarters combined, according to newly released data.
“It bests the $18.3 million former president and quasi-incumbent Donald Trump’s campaign raised during its first two fundraising quarters as a candidate ($3.8 in Q4 2022 and $14.5 in Q1 2023),” the campaign added.
The fundraising haul is a sign of DeSantis’s strong support among Republican voters. He is seen as a potential frontrunner for the GOP nomination, and his campaign has been able to attract donations from across the country.
The Never Back Down super PAC, which is supporting DeSantis’s presidential campaign, has also been raising money at a rapid pace. The super PAC has raised $130 million since March, and it is expected to play a major role in DeSantis’s campaign.
DeSantis’s fundraising success is a contrast to the struggles of some of his potential rivals for the GOP nomination. Former President Donald Trump has raised a significant amount of money, but he has also been dogged by fundraising controversies. Former Vice President Mike Pence has raised less money than DeSantis, and he has not been able to generate the same level of excitement among Republican voters.
DeSantis’s fundraising success gives him a significant advantage in the race for the GOP nomination. He has the money he needs to build a national campaign, and he is seen as a strong contender for the nomination.
DeSantis campaign manager Generra Peck said that the numbers the campaign has raised show that “Republicans are excited to invest in a winner ready to lead America’s revival.”
“We are grateful for the investment so many Americans have made to get this country back on track,” she said. “The fight to save it will be long and challenging, but we have built an operation to share the governor’s message and mobilize the millions of people who support it. We are ready to win.”
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