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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis raises record-high $177.4 million

As of September 9th, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has raised $177.4 million for his re-election campaign, where he will be running against Charlie Crist.

This amount is a fundraising record for a gubernatorial campaign without any adjustment for inflation, according to Open Secrets. DeSantis’s campaign has raised $31.4 million since January 2021, and his state-level PAC Friends of Ron DeSantis, which does not have any ceiling in terms of contribution limits, reported $146 million since January 2019.

By comparison, DeSantis’s opponent Charlie Crist has currently raised $20 million for his campaign.

DeSantis previously set a fundraising record in April when he raised a total of $10.5 million in one month, which was more than twice the amount raised by Crist.

Three out of five of DeSantis’s top donators are Florida natives with the number one contributor being the Republican Governors Association, which has given $20.35 million. Nevada’s Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace is the fourth top donor with a total donation of $10 million, which sets a record in Florida for the largest single donation.

According to Open Secrets, DeSantis has raised more money since January, 2021, than President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump.

Charlie Crist on Saturday took to Twitter accusing DeSantis of being missing from the campaign trail.

“Where’s Ron DeSantis? He’s campaigning with fellow anti-abortion extremists in Wisconsin and Kansas. He’s abandoned Florida and our people to run for president — and this November, we’ll abandon him at the polls,” Crist said.

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