BY Johnathan Jones, The Western JournalMarch 15, 2023
1 year ago
BY 
 | March 15, 2023
1 year ago

Trump Super PAC Files Ethics Complaint Against DeSantis, Alleging 'Illegal Conduct'

A super PAC aligned with former President Trump has filed an ethics complaint in Florida that accuses Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of running a “shadow presidential campaign.”

The document is a major escalation in what appears to be a budding feud between the former president and DeSantis, who has been floated as a 2024 contender since before he was re-elected in November.

The super PAC Make America Great Again Inc. filed a 15-page ethics complaint Wednesday that compared the governor’s ongoing book tour and other public appearances to campaigning.

It also names numerous PACs and other groups that are aligned with DeSantis.

The complaint, which was first reported by NBC News, claims the governor is already running for president but has made the “illegal” choice not to publicly declare it.

The document further argues DeSantis’ ambitions beyond the governor’s office are harming the people of Florida, who gave him a landslide victory over Democrat Charlie Crist four months ago.

“Governor DeSantis has solicited and received millions of dollars’ worth of gifts,” the complaint says.

Citing state election laws on contributions and expenditures, Make America Great Again Inc. argues DeSantis has received gifts that “constitute illegal lobbying” of which there is “ample evidence."

“Governor DeSantis triggered the requirement to file a Statement of Candidacy with the FEC,” the document says.

His fundraising and public appearances are equated by the filing to “illegal conduct.”

The popular conservative governor is accused of operating a “shadow presidential campaign” that makes him a “de facto candidate for President of the United States."

“It is no secret that Governor DeSantis aspires to national prominence,” the document says. “Governor DeSantis’s failure to declare his candidacy is no mere oversight; it is a coordinated effort specifically designed for him to accept, as unethical gifts, illegal campaign contributions and certain personal benefits that are necessarily intended to influence his official decision to resign from office under Florida’s resign to run law.”

The complaint claims DeSantis’ "ham-handed maneuverings have rendered him irreparably conflicted and have left the statehouse vacant.”

The document is signed by the chairman of MAGA Inc., Taylor Budowich.

According to WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, a DeSantis spokesman responded to the complaint by saying he would be "[a]dding this to the list of frivolous and politically motivated attacks."

"It’s inappropriate to use state ethics complaints for partisan purposes," the spokesman said.

Budowich shared reporting of the complaint on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

“The Make America Great Again movement was birthed to stop career politicians who use public service to amass personal wealth and power,” he said.

“An investigation by the Florida Ethics Commission must occur as soon as possible."

Budowich is a former spokesman for Trump.

The former president has taken on DeSantis while on the campaign trail and online.

The governor has mostly remained quiet as Trump has mocked him with the nicknames “Ron DeSanctimonious” and "Meatball Ron," the latter of which he said he decided against using.

DeSantis is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding whether he will enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Recent polling has shown the former president with a large early lead among declared and potential Republican candidates.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: Johnathan Jones, The Western Journal

NATIONAL NEWS

SEE ALL

'Squad' Members Omar, Bush Mistake Memorial Day For Veterans Day

In a mix-up on social media, Representatives Ilhan Omar and Cori Bush initially confused Memorial Day with Veterans Day in their heartfelt posts, leading to…
39 mins ago
 • By Staff Writers

Trump Endorses Hung Cao In Virginia Senate Republican Primary

Former President Donald Trump has thrown considerable political influence on retired Navy Capt. Hung Cao in Virginia's hotly contested Republican Senate primary. On Sunday, Trump…
47 mins ago
 • By Staff Writers

Bill Walton, Basketball Legend and Celebrated Broadcaster, Passes at 71

Basketball icon Bill Walton, renowned for his on-court prowess and memorable broadcasting career, has died at the age of 71. According to Breitbart News, Bill…
50 mins ago
 • By Staff Writers

Actress Cheated In Fictional Hillary Clinton Documentary Scam

An ex-soap opera star was swindled out of a considerable sum by a trusted friend exploiting aspirations of documenting a major political campaign. Starting in…
60 mins ago
 • By Staff Writers

House GOP's Strategic Legislation Puts Democrats In Tight Spot Before Election

In recent legislative maneuvers, House Republicans have strategized votes likely to challenge the electoral prospects of Democratic lawmakers in the upcoming November elections. House Republicans…
3 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

DON'T WAIT.

We publish the objective news, period. If you want the facts, then sign up below and join our movement for objective news:

    LATEST NEWS

    Newsletter

    Get news from American Digest in your inbox.

      By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: American Digest, 3000 S. Hulen Street, Ste 124 #1064, Fort Worth, TX, 76109, US, http://americandigest.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact.
      Christian News Alerts is a conservative Christian publication. Share our articles to help spread the word.
      © 2024 - CHRISTIAN NEWS ALERTS - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
      magnifier