Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) called out Alyssa Farah Griffin after she appeared on ABC’s “The View,” last week — for lying about his fundraising efforts related to the 2022 Florida gubernatorial race.
DeSantis responded to these allegations directly, saying, “I got accused by some of these people on one of these shows about, ‘oh you know, he’s raising all of this’ … and they tried to say that we had auto-donate, where it keeps going every month. We do not do that,” NewsBusters reported.
The governor continued by stating, “We do not do that auto [donations setup] because we don’t want people to have these charges if that’s not something they didn’t agree with. So they tried to act like I was doing that and then some of these media went and said, ‘Wait a minute, he’s not doing that.’ So they were lying about that.”
The original discussion on “The View” had centered on the Florida governor’s success in raising money for his upcoming reelection campaign, which has now surpassed over $100 million, according to Politico.
Co-host Sunny Hostin asked “who are these people that would give money to” DeSantis? She then suggested that “people are losing their homes.”
In response to this, Griffin suggested DeSantis had been tricking his donors into repeat donations.
“What a lot of these apps and websites do is you click to give once and it actually signs you up to recurringly give,” she claimed. “It is so unfair; it is a grift, it is terrible; it is horrible.”
DeSantis also talked about the type of Floridian who supports his campaigns, during his reply.
“At the end of the day, we have folks, some people are on a fixed income, very limited, and they will donate a certain amount and that’s very meaningful,” he added. “Not everybody has the capacity to write these big checks … we would never do automatic unless you personally as the contributor, press that button.”
He continued by arguing Republicans shouldn’t be engaged in such activity, “when you’re raising money amongst your own people, that you’re doing it in a way that has honesty” and said such behavior “is definitely wrong.”
Hosts from “The View” estimated DeSantis could reach up to $200 million in donations by the time the 2022 elections come around, stating that, “he’s going to have this huge war chest at the end of this reelection campaign. Guess where that’s going to go.”
With DeSantis repeatedly coming in almost neck and neck with former President Trump in multiple polls of Republican primary voters, having millions of dollars on hand in case he decides to run for the White House in 2024 can only be to his benefit.
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