Florida lobbyists say officials working for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration in Florida, but not his campaign, are sending them text messages to solicit political contributions for his presidential campaign, leaving them feeling pressured to donate money while they have business before his office, particularly when it comes to the not-yet-approved state budget.
NBC News reports it has reviewed text messages sent from four DeSantis administration officials, including people in the governor’s office and who have state agency leadership positions, that were sent to lobbyists.
The messages requested the recipients donate money to DeSantis’s presidential campaign through a specific link appearing to track donors through a “bundle” program.
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