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Billionaire Kingmakers Back Ron DeSantis in Race for Fla. Governor

Billionaire Kingmakers Back Ron DeSantis in Race for Fla. Governor
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By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 08:00 AM

Some of the most influential billionaires in Republican politics are backing Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in the race for Florida governor after President Donald Trump publicly pushed the conservative congressman's candidacy, Politico is reporting.

Now listed on DeSantis' "Finance Leadership Team" are: hedge fund heiress Rebekah Mercer, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and investment tycoon Foster Friess, the website said. Also included are other donors who have backed the conservative Koch brothers network and Trump's campaign, according to Politico.

The website linked to a list of DeSantis' finance team, which appeared to come from his website.

In a tweet last week, Trump pushed DeSantis' bid.

Politico noted DeSantis has yet to formally declare his candidacy, but has set up a state political committee.

"These big national finance givers are true believers," a Florida-based GOP fundraiser told Politico. "Donors like Adelson care about Israel and they watched DeSantis fight for what they care about. They see him consistently boosting Trump on Fox. So here they have a prominent national congressman who speaks their language, pushes their issue and defends their president."

Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott is leaving office due to term limits.

DeSantis briefly decided to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, but dropped out of the race when Sen. Marco Rubio, a fellow Republican, decided to seek re-election, WESH-TV reported.

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Some of the most influential billionaires in Republican politics are backing Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in the race for Florida governor after President Donald Trump publicly pushed the conservative congressman's candidacy, Politico is reporting.
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