Ron DeSantis raised $2 million last month in run for Florida governor


Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’ campaign and a closely aligned political committee raised more than $2 million in February, as the congressman tries to make up fundraising ground on GOP opponent Adam Putnam.

DeSantis raised $471,913 for his campaign account and had about $457,000 on hand as of Feb. 28, according to a newly filed finance report. Meanwhile, the political committee Friends of Ron DeSantis raised $1.616 million during the month and had nearly $4.8 million on hand. Contributions to the committee included $500,000 from Richard Uihlein, an Illinois businessman who is a major donor to Republicans and conservative causes across the country.

DeSantis formally entered the gubernatorial race in January. Putnam, meanwhile, raised $269,283 for his campaign account in February and had about $2.96 million in cash on hand.

Putnam’s political committee, known as Florida Grown, raised $636,550 and had $14.5 million on hand, the reports show. Putnam, the state agriculture commissioner, has been raising money for the committee since 2015 and formally entered the gubernatorial race in May.

State House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican who is considering whether to run for governor, could not raise money in February because lawmakers are barred from collecting contributions during the legislative session. But Corcoran’s political committee, known as Watchdog PAC, spent $2.211 million during the month, with much of it going to advertising-related expenses.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.