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March 27, 2023
Amber Gantt

FDP Chair Nikki Fried Files Ethics Complaint Against Ron DeSantis
For Violating State Ethics Laws

TALLAHASSEE— Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried filed an ethics complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Gov. Ron DeSantis for violating state ethics laws by accepting prohibited gifts from his political committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis.
“This is yet another example of Ron DeSantis arrogantly thinking he is above the law. No one is above the law,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. While Floridians face some of the highest property insurance and mortgage rates in the state’s history, DeSantis is hobnobbing with special interest donors and lining his pockets with freebies. Floridians deserve answers, and DeSantis needs to be held accountable.”
The complaint provides strong evidence that Ron DeSantis violated Florida law by receiving monetary gifts from his political committee on multiple occasions between January and February of this year. According to media reports, DeSantis’ top donors and supporters gathered at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach for a three-day retreat, paid for by Friends of Ron DeSantis, as part of an effort to increase his national profile in advance of an anticipated run for the Republican nomination as President of the United States in 2024.
The full ethics complaint and supporting documents can be found here.

~~Letrecia Brown, Lee County DEC State Committeewoman