In Florida, voters cast ballots every two years in important contests to decide the future of the Sunshine State. With an executive government led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the state’s top leadership includes several individuals directly elected by Floridians every four years.
But how well do you know your elected officials? Could you name the major ones? Today, we’re highlighting your prominent state leaders, including an overview of who has supported their campaign accounts.
Ron DeSantis is currently serving as Governor of Florida, winning his first term in 2018 over Democrat Andrew Gillum in what was then one of the nation’s most closely watched gubernatorial contests. Prior to winning the governorship, DeSantis served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to Florida’s campaign finance reports, since 2017, DeSantis has been a prolific fundraiser, pulling in $68,299,733. Entrepreneur and investor Kenneth C. Griffin has been DeSantis’ top donor, kicking in $5,750,000. The Republican Party of Florida has also been a top donor to DeSantis, contributing $5,194,901.
Elected on the Republican ticket with Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2018, Nunez is currently in her first term as Lieutenant Governor after previously serving in the Florida House of Representatives.
According to campaign finance records, since 2017, Nunez has reported $197,480 in contributions, with Southern Gardens Citrus Holding Corp being reported as her top donor with $4,000 in contributions.
Ashley B. Moody is currently serving her first term as Florida Attorney General after defeating former State Rep. Frank White in the 2018 Republican primary and Democrat Sean Shaw in the general election. Prior to serving as Attorney General, Moody served as Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.
Since 2017, Moody has brought in $10,800,465 in contributions, with the Republican Attorneys General Association serving as her top backer with $1,025,000 in donations. The Republican Party of Florida also served as a top backer of Moody, contributing $993,829.
Former State Rep. and Public Utilities Commissioner Jimmy Patronis is currently serving in his first full term as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer after winning the general election for the job in 2018. Patronis first took office in 2017 after being appointed by then-Gov. Rick Scott to the seat being vacated by Jeff Atwater.
Since 2017, Patronis has raised $2,425,829. Aside from a reported contribution of $334,604 from the State of Florida, Patronis reported his top contributor as Southern Gardens Citrus Holding Corp with $18,000 in contributions.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried is currently serving her first term after being the only Democrat to win statewide office in Florida in 2018. Fried had never held elected office before winning the 2018 race, previously working as an attorney and lobbyist.
According to Florida state-level reports, since 2017, Fried has raised $1,299,892 for her campaign. The Florida Democratic Party has been Fried’s top contributor so far, kicking in $252,125 to her campaign.
All available campaign finance data through the end of 2020 is included in the Transparency USA database. For more about the state-level officeholders and candidates in Florida, please visit this link. Search for any candidate, PAC, or donor in Florida here.