Seeking Rents
Seeking Rents – The Podcast
How Ron DeSantis helps the billionaires who help him

How Ron DeSantis helps the billionaires who help him

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has spent years courting the billionaires and big-dollar donors he's counting on to finance his presidential campaign

In this episode: With his eye on the American presidency, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has spent the past four years courting the billionaires and big-dollar donors he hopes will bankroll a national campaign. DeSantis has hosted private receptions at the Governor’s Mansion and planned $100,000 rounds of golf. But he’s also granted policy favors that have helped some of the world’s richest people — often at the expense of workers and consumers. Today, we look at three examples from Florida’s just-concluded legislative session involving space moguls, baseball owners and car dealers.

Further reading:

  • Reuters: Texts tie DeSantis closely to Trump insider Lev Parnas in 2018 race

  • Tampa Bay Times: Ron DeSantis’ political team planned $25K golf games, $250K ‘intimate gatherings,’ memos say

  • NBC News: Ron DeSantis administration officials solicit campaign cash from lobbyists

  • New York Times: DeSantis Campaign Says It Raised $8.2 Million in First 24 Hours

  • Seeking Rents: Ron DeSantis risked selling out his Republican base to help Disney

  • Seeking Rents: The Ron DeSantis administration gave $16.5 million. The Ron DeSantis campaign got $200,000.

  • Seeking Rents: Ten special-interest tax breaks from Ron DeSantis' first term as Florida governor

  • Seeking Rents: How Ron DeSantis helped Florida Power & Light raise electricity rates by $5 billion

  • Seeking Rents: Ron DeSantis tried to help a developer pass a bill making it easier to turn affordable housing into high-priced apartments

  • Seeking Rents: A big lottery contractor is cashing in. So is the Ron DeSantis reelection campaign.

  • Seeking Rents: Ron DeSantis worked with gas-station lobbyists who wanted to weaken a gas-tax break for consumers

  • Seeking Rents: After taking money from Walmart heirs, Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature helped billionaires hide their family fortunes

  • Seeking Rents: Ron DeSantis’ crackdown on “woke” banks could help a big Ron DeSantis donor

  • Seeking Rents: A chemical company that donated to Ron DeSantis now wants the state to help sell its product

  • Seeking Rents: After a personal meeting, and a $10,000 donation, DeSantis approved a $10 million earmark

  • Orlando Sentinel: DeSantis attacks $15 minimum wage initiative; Morgan fires back


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Seeking Rents
Seeking Rents – The Podcast
"Rent-seeking" is a term in economics that describes when a corporation uses its political influence to twist tax laws and other public policy in its favor. Seeking Rents – The Podcast brings you the stories of how that's happening in Florida, where corporate interests like Florida Power & Light, Big Sugar, and Walt Disney World wield enormous influence everywhere from local city halls to the state Capitol. Hosted by award-winning journalist Jason Garcia, Florida's leading corporate-accountability reporter.