Tuesday, October 17, 2023

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: DeSantis burned through everything he raised in third quarter. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune/GANNETT)

Bumptious bigoted Boy Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS' presidential dreams are failing.  

Who likes this hick hack hateful willful man?  Like four-time indicted DONALD JOHN TRUMP, RONALD DION DeSANTIS seems to be all about hate, all the time.

It is as if they both inhaled the ideology of and were inspired by the late KEVIN PRICE PHILLIPS, Republican apparatchik, an arachnid who famously advised President RICHARD MILHOUS that politics is all about "who hates whom."

I've watched DeSANTIS since 2012, when this seeming alien implant from KOCH INDUSTRIES was elected to be our Congressman.  He seemed like an unqualified empty suit, egotistical and empty, a hollow man.

Our former Congressman from St. Augustine and St. Johns County still evidently thinks that he's "all that and a bag of chips."  This uneducated, unsophisticated, sophist was Yale University Baseball Team Captain, a Harvard Law School graduate, a Navy lawyer who falsely stated in ads that he was a "Navy SEAL." DeSANTIS WAS Briefly at Holland & Knight (Full Disclosure: H&K represented eighteen of us against the City of St. Augustine when corrupt Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES & Co. tried to privatize the City's 450th birthday celebration to a non-profit, represented by the UPCHURCH, BAILEY & UPCHURCH law firm).

DeSantis burned through everything he raised in third quarter

Zac Anderson
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks about his policies on Monday, October 9, 2023 at Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, Iowa.

Gov. Ron DeSantis's presidential campaign spent nearly all the money that it raised in the the third quarter as the candidate struggles to maintain the fundraising needed to fuel his aggressive strategy in Iowa and stay active in other early states.

DeSantis raised $11.2 million in the months of July, August and September and spent $11.1 million, according to a campaign finance report filed Sunday.

DeSantis had $12.3 million in campaign cash at the beginning of October, but only $5 million can be spent on the primary campaign, the rest is reserved for the general election.

After setting fundraising records in his second campaign for governor, DeSantis's presidential fundraising has failed to match the type of high-powered campaign he hoped to run, and he has been forced to trim expenses.

DeSantis raised $20 million in the second quarter but quickly burned through much of it. By July, his campaign was laying off staff as it looked to cut costs.

By August, DeSantis had replaced his campaign manager and narrowed the focus of his campaign to one largely targeted at Iowa, the first state to vote.

DeSantis reduced payroll from 90 people to 63 in his latest report, according to a Politico analysis.

That's still a sizeable operation though, and DeSantis also has continued to spend large amounts on private jet travel. Politico calculated that DeSantis's campaign paid $1.5 million to six private jet companies during the third quarter.

As DeSantis struggles to fund a campaign that can be competitive in early states, Trump continues to dominate in both state and national polling.

The Real Clear Politics average of Iowa polls shows former President Donald Trump up by 33 percentage points, with 50% of voters backing him compared to 17% supporting DeSantis.

While DeSantis's campaign has not proven to be a fundraising juggernaut, a super PAC backing him still has considerable resources – much of them transferred over from a committee that supported his re-election bid last year – that can be deployed to help him in early states.

The Never Back Down super PAC received an $82 million transfer from DeSantis's state political committee and has been doing much of the work on the ground in Iowa and other states.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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