Financial Strains Cause DeSantis’ Presidential Campaign to Trim Staff

by Gabriel Martinez
Ron DeSantis Campaign

Ron DeSantis, the Republican presidential candidate, is making cuts to his campaign staff in an effort to keep up with former President Donald Trump in the GOP’s densely packed primary race, while simultaneously dealing with unexpected financial challenges.

Last week, the Florida governor released fewer than 10 paid employees from his campaign team, aiming to lower running costs, as per an anonymous DeSantis aide privy to the internal campaign strategy. The laid-off staff, who were primarily responsible for event coordination, may soon find a new home with a super PAC supporting DeSantis.

Politico was the first to report these adjustments amidst DeSantis’ struggle to live up to the belief that he is the strongest GOP alternative to Trump. Despite his political organization surpassing other Republican candidates in fundraising for the 2024 nomination, DeSantis has seen little progress in the polls. The stagnant polling numbers stem from intense rivalry from Trump and ongoing scrutiny of his far-right policies, his political finesse, and his preparedness for national politics.

Andrew Romeo, a spokesperson for DeSantis, neither refuted the staff reduction claims nor the financial crunch, but shared an optimistic forecast for the campaign’s future. Romeo stressed on DeSantis’ vision to overturn Joe Biden’s failures and reinstate sensibility to the nation, promising continued momentum as the candidate engages more with voters, especially in Iowa.

However, despite the external optimism, some within the DeSantis camp are quietly admitting that the successful political strategy from the Florida reelection might not translate to success on the national front. In response, DeSantis is set to host a press conference and engage with CNN’s Jake Tapper, deviating from his usual preference for conservative media outlets.

The rearrangement of staff and strategy took place less than two months after DeSantis’ presidential campaign’s inception.

Trump, during his Sunday interview on Fox News, expressed skepticism about DeSantis’ chances, hinting at a potential no-show in the upcoming debate given his lead over DeSantis and the other GOP candidates.

As the DeSantis campaign shifts its focus to Iowa, some insiders acknowledge the necessity of winning Iowa’s January 15 caucuses to have a tangible chance of blocking Trump from securing the GOP nomination. Without a decisive victory in the primary contest, they believe Trump would become an unchallengeable entity in the countrywide primary race, where momentum often outweighs money.

Saturday’s quarterly Federal Election Commission filing disclosed a few red flags. DeSantis’ campaign, while affluent compared to most Republican contenders, raised over $20 million in the initial six weeks but burned through nearly $8 million, leaving a balance of $12.2 million as of June’s end. However, around $3 million of this total is dedicated to the general election and is unusable in the GOP primary contest.

On another note, the pro-DeSantis super PAC, which legally cannot coordinate with the campaign, revealed it raised a staggering $130 million since its launch in March. Over half of this amount originated from a state-level political committee previously overseen by DeSantis.

While the Never Back Down super PAC has been expending for months to develop a pro-DeSantis base in the primary and “Super Tuesday” states, Trump’s MAGA movement rejoiced at DeSantis’ apparent difficulties.

Chad Day in Washington and Michelle L. Price in New York, reporters for Big Big News, contributed to this story.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ron DeSantis Campaign

What is the reason behind Ron DeSantis cutting campaign staff?

Ron DeSantis is reducing campaign staff to address financial pressure and lower operating expenses in his bid to compete with former President Donald Trump in the crowded GOP primary race.

How many staffers were let go from DeSantis’ campaign?

Fewer than 10 paid staffers were released from DeSantis’ campaign team, primarily those involved in event planning. They may potentially join a pro-DeSantis super PAC.

Is Ron DeSantis struggling to gain momentum in the polls?

Yes, despite raising more funds than other Republican contenders, Ron DeSantis has shown little movement in the polls. He faces intense opposition from Donald Trump and persistent questions about his policies, political skills, and readiness for the national stage.

Will the staffing changes affect DeSantis’ campaign strategy?

It appears so. Acknowledging that his successful strategy in Florida may not work on a national scale, DeSantis plans to host a press conference and grant an interview to CNN’s Jake Tapper, diverging from his previous preference for conservative media outlets.

What is the financial situation of DeSantis’ campaign?

While DeSantis’ political organization has raised over $20 million, the campaign also spent nearly $8 million within the first six weeks, leaving a balance of $12.2 million. A significant portion of the funds is earmarked for the general election and cannot be used in the GOP primary contest.

How does DeSantis plan to compete against Trump in the primary race?

DeSantis recognizes the importance of winning the Iowa caucuses to have a realistic chance of blocking Trump’s nomination. Failing to secure a clear victory in the opening contest could potentially allow Trump to gain unstoppable momentum in the subsequent primary battles across the country.

Has DeSantis received support from a super PAC?

Yes, a pro-DeSantis super PAC, legally barred from coordinating with the campaign, has raised a substantial $130 million since its launch. More than half of this amount came from a state-level political committee that was previously controlled by DeSantis.

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InformedVoter July 17, 2023 - 3:56 am

Pro-DeSantis super PAC raising $130 million? That’s impressive! But can they spend it effectively and turn the tide in DeSantis’ favor? We’ll see.

FinanceWhiz July 17, 2023 - 5:08 am

Financial pressures are hitting DeSantis hard. He needs a strong showing in Iowa to stay competitive. Money isn’t everything, but it sure helps in a campaign!

GossipGirl July 17, 2023 - 7:55 am

Did you hear about DeSantis potentially considering Iowa Gov. Reynolds as his running mate? That would be quite the ticket! Exciting times in politics!

PatriotForever July 17, 2023 - 11:43 am

DeLoser! Trump supporters are loving DeSantis’ difficulties. They think he’s not as appealing when he’s in the spotlight. MAGA all the way!

NewsJunkie23 July 17, 2023 - 12:48 pm

DeSantis’ team knows they gotta win Iowa or else Trump will be unstoppable! That’s a lot of pressure. Can’t wait to see what happens in the primary race.

PoliticalNovice July 17, 2023 - 3:05 pm

Can someone explain how the primary process works? It’s so confusing with caucuses, delegates, and all. I hope DeSantis can figure it out and give Trump a real challenge!

InfoSeeker101 July 17, 2023 - 3:34 pm

Super PACs seem to be helping DeSantis, but his campaign spending is concerning. They burned through a lot of money already. Hope he manages his finances better.

John_Smith July 17, 2023 - 4:08 pm

wow desantis’ campaign is falling apart they had to cut staff that’s not a good sign for him i guess he’s not as strong as they thought

PoliticalGuru88 July 17, 2023 - 4:12 pm

DeSantis struggling to catch up to Trump but his campaign is running out of money, not a good look. Trump seems confident about his lead, wonder if he’ll skip the debate

ElectionWatcher2024 July 17, 2023 - 7:10 pm

It’s interesting that DeSantis is changing his media strategy, going on CNN and not just conservative outlets. Trying to reach a broader audience, maybe?


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