Report: Ron DeSantis Campaign Raised $8.2 Million on Launch Day

Incumbent Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives to speak to supporters at an election night party after winning his race for reelection in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked off his campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday and reportedly pulled in a haul of $8.2 million in the first 24 hours.

Despite a glitchy campaign launch on Twitter, the first of its kind, the DeSantis campaign still reportedly pulled in huge sums of cash, signifying his contender status as he faces off against current GOP frontrunner former President Donald Trump. According to the campaign, DeSantis raised over $1 million in just one hour of the campaign launch, even with the reported glitches that erupted.

“The $8.2 million figure is more than the $6.3 million that Joseph R. Biden Jr. raised in his first 24 hours as a candidate in 2019, or the $6.1 million raised by former Representative Beto O’Rourke that same year,” noted the New York Times.

“The DeSantis sum includes both online contributions and donations secured by bundlers who had gathered on Thursday at the grand ballroom in the Four Seasons in Miami for what was called a Ron-O-Rama to make fund-raising calls for the campaign,” noted the Times.

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DeSantis campaign spokesman Bryan Griffin told the Times the donations would go toward both the primary and the general election. Per election laws, the campaign has a cap of $3,300 per person. All funds used will go toward the campaign expenses, and the $8.2 million raised does not factor in money raised in the pro-DeSantis super PACs.

By contrast, the Trump campaign raised $4 million within 24 hours of his criminal indictment in the Stormy Daniels case earlier this year. In the first six weeks of his announcement, the former president raised $9.5 million.

Former Pennsylvania congressman Lou Barletta told the Times that people at the Four Seasons in Miami were full of enthusiasm.

“There was so much enthusiasm in that room,” Mr. Barletta said. “I had very, very few people say no to me on those calls.”

As the DeSantis campaign kicks off, he will immediately hit the road for a grueling travel schedule, hitting 12 different cities across three different states.

Supporters of DeSantis celebrated the win on social media.

Folks I told you the floodgates would open as soon as DeSantis announced. 150 Trump insiders endorse him and he raised $8.2 million!

— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) May 26, 2023

DeSantis haul in his first 24 hours after announcing: $8.2 million

Trump haul in his first six weeks after announcing: $9.5 million

— Gabe Fleisher (@WakeUp2Politics) May 25, 2023

Desantis Bros we are so back.

Raising $8.2 million in the first 24 hours is impressive

— Gabe in Hot Arizona???? (@schoolmaster456) May 25, 2023

Ron DeSantis raising $8.2 million since his announcement is pretty wild

— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) May 26, 2023

The numbers are in: The DeSantis campaign raised $8.2 million in the first 24 hours.

Just a little short of the amount the Trump campaign raised in the first 6 WEEKS after his announcement.

— AG (@AGHamilton29) May 25, 2023

???????? Ron DeSantis just made HISTORY by raising $8.2 million in 24 hours.

That is more than Biden and more than Trump, but I’m not stopping. Neither should you.

Make Joe Biden a one-term president by donating $25 right now at this link below. ⬇️

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— Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) May 26, 2023

Paul Roland Bois joined Breitbart News in 2021. He also directed the award-winning feature film, EXEMPLUM, which can be viewed on TubiGoogle PlayYouTube Movies, or Vimeo on Demand. Follow him on Twitter @prolandfilms or Instagram @prolandfilms. 

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