The DeSantis campaign sent us a response to our post titled Cease Donating to DeSantis.
Press Secretary Meghan Jones-Rolla writes:
1) Campaign contributions are regulated. You will know what happens to the donations.
True, but that doesn't stop the money from getting anywhere.
2) Here is a list of everyone Mark donated to with the specifics on the year and amount for the conservative republican candidates.
George W. Bush-1999 - $1,000.00 (He did not donate to his 2004 campaign.)
Rick Santorum -2000 - $400.00 / 2006- $250.00
The number went down instead of up. The Comet feels comfortable that $250.00 is within the envelope of a "token" contribution for a U.S. Senate seat.
Mark has also donated to the following:
Valerie McDonald Roberts (Lt. Governor) campaign; and
Mark held a fundraiser for Michael Lamb in 2005 when he was running for mayor.
Senator Specter (R-Pennsylvania) is a moderate who is regularly assailed by his own party as a traitor.
Doug Shields is our very liberal Democratic City Council President (to whom Mr. DeSantis donated $150, not $250, h/t C-P)
We don't know much about Val, but to hear her talk OffQ, she is also quite the liberal Democrat.
Michael Lamb was and continues to be the strong Democratic voice for reform who is not quite so closely aligned with the froo-froo progressives. Throwing a fundraiser for Lamb's 2005 mayoral run, more than anything else, ought to offer a window into Mark's ideology.
Or lack thereof.
We asked the DeSantis campaign if it would consider returning unspent campaign money to those contributors who request it, as Bill Peduto did for some in April. Press Secretary Jones-Rolla offered this response:
I believe that giving the $ back is a little unusual. However, Peduto voluntarily dropped out of the race.
Mark is not dropping out of the race and we still have many bills to pay. In fact, you can expect some new ads from DeSantis this week. We also have an election day party and payroll to meet. I don't know whether there will be any money left and I don't think anyone has thought about what will happen if we do have any money remaining in the account.