Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is facing a lot of criticism from Trump supporters. As the 2024 presidential race continues to heat up, the revelations of who is funding him are working against him. The governor’s Silicon Valley Peninsula fundraiser was reportedly hosted by John Hamilton, a former donor to alleged “RINOS” (Republican-in-Name-Only) like Mitt Romney and John McCain.
The extent of Hamilton’s contributions is in the tens of thousands of dollars. A Federal Election Commission (FEC) report shows that in 2008, he donated over $25,000 to McCain. In 2012, he donated $27,500 to Romney’s campaign. There is no reported record of him giving money to “anti-establishment” candidates like former President Donald Trump. But other beneficiaries include Kristi Noem, Kevin McCarthy, and Mitch McConnell.
The news comes as DeSantis struggled to gain more than one sponsor for a “roundtable breakfast” event. Those attending the event were met by Steve Eggert, a founder of a real estate company and GOP donor. His largest contributions have been to Kevin McCarthy, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and the Republican National Committee.
DeSantis’ support declined last week. A Harvard-Harris poll had the governor at 14 percent support among GOP voters while Trump was up 59 percent. The support was then corroborated by another study showing similar results.
The governor recently made headlines after unveiling his immigration policies. He vowed to end birthright citizenship, complete the southern wall, and send U.S. forces into Mexico to deal with the drug cartels. Despite the difficulty in executing these plans, DeSantis criticized both Democrat and Republican leaders for doing nothing to alleviate the “invasion.” While DeSantis has been condemned for using words like “invasion,” he is reportedly speaking to the right-wing’s most conservative voters.
The U.S. government has in recent months facilitated the transportation and sheltering of illegal immigrants, according to American Pigeon.