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Haley Campaign Press Release - DeSantis Attacks Haley Donors Who Abandoned DeSantis Dumpster Fire

December 08, 2023

Ron DeSantis didn't say a peep when donors all over the country were flocking to his campaign. Now that he's crashed and burned, he's throwing a temper tantrum because donors abandoned him in favor of Nikki Haley.

Haley has over 150,000 donors. The average donation is under $100. Yes, a few dozen donors are from Wall Street—just like Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy. The vast majority of her supporters are hardworking Americans from all 50 states.


  • Haley opposed the Wall Street bailout and the Silicon Valley Bank bailout.
  • Haley resigned from the Boeing board when it sought a bailout.
  • Haley has always opposed bailouts and always will.
  • Haley is an outspoken critic of ESG investing. In 2020, she wrote an op-ed defending capitalism and denouncing "stakeholder capitalism"

"Advocates of so-called stakeholder capitalism—a philosophy that retains the word 'capitalism' but abandons its meaning—include the Business Roundtable. Last year, the chief executives of America's largest companies changed their definition of business. They said companies should focus on customers, workers and communities instead of being the best business possible. This has a nice sound to it but makes no sense. In reality, a company that cheats its customers, mistreats its workers and abuses its community won't be around long."


  • Many DeSantis donors left his campaign and joined Haley because his campaign is a "dumpster fire," according to his own allies. DeSantis didn't complain when the donors were with him.
  • DeSantis tries to hide his donors. In May of this year, DeSantis signed a bill allowing him to conceal his own travel records – past, present and future – from public scrutiny. This came as DeSantis was making frequent trips out of state and preparing to launch a presidential campaign.
  • DeSantis recruited a group of wealthy hoteliers, developers, restaurateurs, investment brokers, trucking magnates, health executives, gas station and convenience store owners, and oil distributors to foot his travel bill. Some of them benefited from appointments to state boards and laws enacted by DeSantis.
  • According to the Washington Post: "The undisclosed trips, which have not been previously reported, reflect how DeSantis fueled his political rise through close bonds with rich patrons and had a taste for luxury travel, in contrast to his campaign's portrayal of DeSantis's humble blue-collar roots and aversion to moneyed interests."

Why is Ron DeSantis Throwing a Temper Tantrum?

  • Newsweek: Ron DeSantis Reacts to Losing Big Donors to Nikki Haley
  • ABC News: Nikki Haley nabs fundraiser from GOP donor who previously supported DeSantis
  • Politico: DeSantis built a massive network of big donors. Many have ditched him.
  • Bloomberg: Nikki Haley Poaches Donors From Republican Rivals
  • Fox News: Donors frustrated at DeSantis' inability to gain traction, take 'hard look' elsewhere for Trump alternative
  • New York Times: Major G.O.P. Donor's Commitment to DeSantis Is Murkier Than Thought

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - DeSantis Attacks Haley Donors Who Abandoned DeSantis Dumpster Fire Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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