'A nicer version of Trump': GOP donors flock to DeSantis

Posted on AllSides April 16th, 2021
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campaign donors, Ron DeSantis

One evening in February, Ron DeSantis quietly slipped into the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel in South Carolina.

Over dinner, the Florida governor addressed an audience of deep-pocketed donors convened by the influential Bradley Foundation, an organization that funnels cash to right-leaning nonprofit groups. DeSantis, whose attendance has not been previously reported, held forth for nearly an hour, detailing the anti-lockdown approach to the coronavirus pandemic that’s turned him into a conservative hero and propelled him to the upper echelon of potential 2024 GOP hopefuls.

Art Pope, a longtime conservative benefactor...

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