Skip to comments.'Ron DeSantis raked in big money for his re-election' - article details illegal transfer of soft money to neverbackdown pac
Posted on 05/26/2023 4:15:53 AM PDT by backpacker_c
The governor's state political committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, had at least $86 million in the bank at the end of April.
Federal Election Commission rules state that “a candidate’s authorized (federal) committee may not accept funds or assets transferred from a committee established by the same candidate for a nonfederal election campaign.”
But DeSantis' political operation will direct that money to his supportive super PAC thanks to a gray area of federal campaign finance law.
It's even possible that a transfer has already taken place, but it would not be made public until the end of the month under state campaign disclosure laws.
(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...
desantis thinks he can get away with this illegal transfer, because when byron donalds did the same thing with several $100k, the FEC deadlocked on a ruling along party lines.
If this gets deadlocked again, except this time, with the amount over $85 million, then watch the left start playing the same game to get around FEC regulations and limits on soft money campaign donations.
So, for desantis, it's another rule for thee, but not for me.
Nice try, media moron enemy.
As anyone buys your little acts any more.
I don’t find DeSantis re-allocating leftover funding from his Governor race to his Presidential one near as upsetting as when Trump collected $250 million from donors for an “election security fund” but then immediately transferred that money to a PAC to pay for his rallies and travel costs instead.
Speaking of campaign funding, if you ever decide to donate to MAGA, Inc, make sure you pay attention to the default check boxes. You might end up emptying out whatever legacy you had hoped to pass on to your loved ones. An elderly hospice patient figuratively at the Death’s Door (is there any other kind?) had his bank account zeroed out.
It was a big sum for a 63-year-old battling cancer and living in Kansas City on less than $1,000 per month. But that single contribution — federal records show it was his first ever — quickly multiplied. Another $500 was withdrawn the next day, then $500 the next week and every week through mid-October, without his knowledge — until Mr. Blatt’s bank account had been depleted and frozen. When his utility and rent payments bounced, he called his brother, Russell, for help.
What the Blatts soon discovered was $3,000 in withdrawals by the Trump campaign in less than 30 days. They called their bank and said they thought they were victims of fraud.
“It felt,” Russell said, “like it was a scam.”
But what the Blatts believed was duplicity was actually an intentional scheme to boost revenues by the Trump campaign and the for-profit company that processed its online donations, WinRed. Facing a cash crunch and getting badly outspent by the Democrats, the campaign had begun last September to set up recurring donations by default for online donors, for every week until the election.
Contributors had to wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.]
Post-election, the Trump campaign ended up refunding $64m to unwitting contributors. Turns out the whole post-election “Fight the Fraud” come-ons for small donors was an effort to make Trump’s campaign whole for the over-charges that had already been spent on the election. The donors who had been overcharged needed to be repaid the $64m they had inadvertently given to Trump. Individual contribution limits meant the overcharges weren’t just unethical - they were illegal.
“Bandits!” said Victor Amelino, a 78-year-old Californian, who made a $990 online donation to Mr. Trump in early September via WinRed. It recurred seven more times — adding up to almost $8,000. “I’m retired. I can’t afford to pay all that damn money.”
The sheer magnitude of the money involved is staggering for politics. In the final two and a half months of 2020, the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and their shared accounts issued more than 530,000 refunds worth $64.3 million to online donors. All campaigns make refunds for various reasons, including to people who give more than the legal limit. But the sum the Trump operation refunded dwarfed that of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign and his equivalent Democratic committees, which made 37,000 online refunds totaling $5.6 million in that time.
The recurring donations swelled Mr. Trump’s treasury in September and October, just as his finances were deteriorating. He was then able to use tens of millions of dollars he raised after the election, under the guise of fighting his fraud claims, to help cover the refunds he owed.]
So what is :non federal: about running for president?
Sorry for the previous post. I miss read the article.
It is highly likely desantis had planned and held off announcing he was running for president, so he could continue to grift campaign donations into his state level pac, in avoidance of federal campaign limits,
And readers can see some background on what desantis did, with references, here in this thread.
Why desantis has waited to declare he's running for president, and how he's committing campaign fraud.
And the actual text of mccain-feingold is here
Do you really believe NBC. Haven’t you learned your lessons yet? The story will disappear like a fart in the wind.
Sounds like he put together a swampy laundry. Any foreign donations being routed through the laundries?
First, I would never give out my bank account number or checking account number. I donated through Winred once and I caught that bs early on. Never again.
We’ve been getting, what seems like, a lot of promotional mail for Desantis, so I’d agree he has a lot of cash on hand.
—Wish I could tell him to stop wasting it on us. —We’re solid Trump supporters here.
I good rule of thumb is.....Never donate money to a political campaign.
I had done the research and provided references at to the fraud desantis was committing in post 7.
As I have said in other threads, desantis supporter frequently have trouble with the truth,
Just like desantis does.
You should also attack Jeb Jeb and W for the same thing.
Oh and DeSantis, too.
That’s a standard practice in political fundraising campaigns.
Speaking of which, while we’re all here discussing fundraising let’s contribute to freerepublic (and make sure to check that subscription box) to keep this great place going -
Your NBC article describes it as “a gray area of law.” In plain English that means “not illegal.”
Many pols do it. The FEC has investigated others for it but done nothing about it. Why? Because it’s not illegal.
Frankly it’s not hard to raise money when you have EVERY establishment donor trying desperately to stop Trump.
See Jeb Bush prior to 2016.
This is NBC’s attempt to take out Ron so they can concentrate on Trump.
Stop helping the Democrat Party.
The guy in the background to the left is obviously Roger Stone, his consigliere.
Too bad the boyz and gurlz at the Nothing But Communism PeeCock show aren’t interested in looking into what their Dung Beetle Party massahs are up to.
Trump's fundraising is full of grift like that
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