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Ron DeSantis’ Campaign Successfully Raises $20 Million within Six Weeks



Republican Ron DeSantis raised $20 million in the six weeks following the official announcement of his run for president, his campaign said Thursday — demonstrating his ability to marshal resources despite an uneven launch in late-May.

The Florida governor is running a distant second behind former president Donald Trump in a race that looked more competitive earlier this year, polls of the Republican primary show. As his allies hope for a turnaround, his campaign cash and a wide network of wealthy donors — along with $130 million amassed by a super PAC — could help him raise his profile and compete in key battlegrounds through the purchase of pricey television ads, direct mail pieces and mobilization efforts.

The DeSantis campaign disclosed the sum to reporters a day after aides to Trump said the former president had raised more than $35 million in the second quarter of 2023 for his official campaign and his separate leadership PAC, Save America, which he has used to pay some of his legal bills.

Trump aides did not detail how much money was raised for each of his entities in the second quarter. Reports on the amounts that both DeSantis and Trump raised and spent between April and June are not yet available from the Federal Election Commission.

DeSantis’s campaign did not say how much cash it had in its campaign account at the end of the second quarter. It also did not disclose the size of the average donation it received.

In the first three months of 2023, Trump raised about $14.5 million for his campaign and another $4.3 million for the post-presidency PAC that he has used to pay advisers and to stage events. The former president has picked up the fundraising pace as he faces growing legal peril and has been indicted twice this year.

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