According to a recent report from The American Independent, 2024 presidential hopeful and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “is one of many Republican politicians in Florida who have previously opposed federal disaster funding for other states, but now support it for their own state following the damage wrought by Ian.”
DeSantis, along with Marco Rubio, has been called out as a hypocrite due to his opposition to federal relief funding for Americans in New York and New Jersey who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy as they’re trying to make sure federal dollars get to Florida.
The American Independent also reported that DeSantis potentially violated American Legion rules against partisan political activity when he featured “imagery taken inside American Legion Post 273” in a campaign ad.
The American Independent: DeSantis accepted federal disaster aid after voting against it for Hurricane Sandy
By Adrian Cole | 10/05/22
“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis requested federal disaster relief funds from President Joe Biden’s administration on Sept. 28 to address the damage caused by Hurricane Ian.”
“DeSantis is one of many Republican politicians in Florida who have previously opposed federal disaster funding for other states, but now support it for their own state following the damage wrought by Ian. A week after the storm, some 310,000 residents are still without power. One insurance trade group called Hurricane Ian the “second-largest catastrophe loss event on record,” after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”
“DeSantis has been a frequent critic of President Joe Biden, and he has opposed disaster funding in the past. Over the past year, he has blamed Biden for inflation, but economists say multiple complex factors are responsible for inflation. DeSantis accused the administration of injecting too much money into the economy, which, he said, is why he opposed the American Rescue Plan Act, designed to provide financial relief to states during the COVID-19 shutdowns. Florida ultimately received $8.8 billion from the federal government, some of which DeSantis took credit for.”
The American Independent: Ron DeSantis uses imagery from nonpartisan American Legion post in campaign ad
By Adrian Cole | 10/06/22
“A campaign ad for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that aired in September included imagery taken inside American Legion Post 273, potentially violating the group’s rules against partisan political activity.”
“In one of the ad’s scenes, several uniformed men stand in a room inside American Legion Post 273, which is located in Madeira Beach, Florida.”
“The legion’s National Constitution prohibits the organization from engaging in political activity.”
Published: Oct 6, 2022