Revealed: DeSantis 'took at least 6 undisclosed trips on private jets' from wealthy donors
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “took at least six undisclosed trips on private jets” on 2018, reflecting “his proclivity for luxury travel and leisure time with wealthy donors,” The Washington Post reports.
The Post obtained “flight manifests, tracking data and other documents” that showed DeSantis, in addition to trips on private jets, also “accepted lodging and dining” from wealthy donors — including home builder Mori Hosseini (who directly “benefited from $92 million in federal pandemic funding” via a project approved by DeSantis) and window manufacturer CEO John Cwik (who told the Post he “tried to give [his plane] to [DeSantis] one day at a fundraiser” and was told he couldn’t do that).
Per the Post:
The Post reviewed travel documents in 2018 showing a governor-elect who showed a penchant for private plane travel and maintained close relationships with wealthy donors and other associates. After taking office, DeSantis was frequently given the use of planes by influential Floridians and others, records show. His team was often seeking out supporters who could provide planes, according to former advisers and a list of potential donors who could be asked to provide planes that was obtained by The Post, a practice that is allowed and ordinarily subject to disclosure requirements.
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DeSantis failed to “report the flights or accommodations as gifts or campaign contributions and it’s unclear whether he used a separate legal option to personally reimburse for the flights at the cost of coach airfare,” the Post adds. According to the Florida Ethics Commission, the governor has also “not filed any gift disclosures throughout his time in office.”
According to the report, DeSantis’ undisclosed trips “reflect how DeSantis fueled his political rise through close bonds with rich patrons and had a taste for luxury travel.”
“His preference for private jet travel has continued into his White House bid, even as his campaign has struggled to rein in spending,” the report adds.
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