Florida Governor Ron DeSantis broke ties with a significant state-level political group with tens of millions of dollars in its coffers on Tuesday, taking a significant step toward launching a potential 2024 presidential bid.
The action, which Politico reported, is a requirement before declaring a 2024 presidential candidacy.
Friends of Ron DeSantis, the organization, now indicates on its website that it is linked to state senator Blaise Ingoglia rather than DeSantis.
According to Fox News, Ron DeSantis’ supporters have $86 million in the bank.
The governor’s close buddy and new affiliate Ingoglia supported important aspects of his plan.
DeSantis established his committee for the first time in 2018, and he utilized it to generate a record sum of money for his reelection campaign last year by enlisting the support of several influential Republican contributors.
According to most recent campaign finance reports, the committee has close to $86 million on hand.
DeSantis said on Friday that he will make up his mind “soon” about running for president.
In order to prepare for a prospective DeSantis announcement, Florida lawmakers took action in late April, changing state law to permit him to launch a presidential campaign without first resigning as governor.
If he declares, DeSantis will join a field that includes Trump, ex-Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, ex-Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.