TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A committee that plays a key role in Republican Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign raised more than $7 million during a week-long period at the end of September and start of October, with $5 million coming from one donor, according to a newly filed finance report.
The committee Friends of Ron DeSantis collected $7.062 million from Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, while spending $6.532 million.
Almost all of the spending -- $6.5 million -- involved funneling money to the Republican Party of Florida, the report posted on the state Division of Elections website shows.
The $5 million contribution to the DeSantis committee came from Chicago investment manager Kenneth C. Griffin.
DeSantis is running in the Nov. 6 general election against Democrat Andrew Gillum.
A Gillum committee, known as Forward Florida, raised $3.3 million from Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, with $1 million of that amount coming from the Democratic Governors Association.
The Gillum committee spent $4.234 million during the period, with $4.2 million of that amount funneled to the Florida Democratic Party.
News Service of Florida