Republican 2024 candidate Ron DeSantis dismissed his campaign staffers to reduce the expenditures.
Here are the details of the news.
Around A Dozen Campaign Staffers Are Dismissed By Ron DeSantis
Florida Governor and Republican presidential hopefuls Ron DeSantis has fired at least a dozen campaign staffers to help reduce the operating costs of his campaign.
According to the sources, the DeSantis campaign considered that it burned through cash quickly and hired many staffers early in the campaign.
The campaign decided to cut costs by dismissing some of the mid-level staffers who were involved in event planning across several departments.
Some close to the DeSantis campaign blamed the campaign manager Generra Peck saying, “They should never have brought so many people on. The burn rate was way too high. People warned the campaign manager, but she wanted to hear none of it.”
DeSantis spokesperson Andrew Romeo confirmed the reports of the dismissal of staff with a positive outlook about the campaign’s way ahead.
In a statement, Andrew said, “Americans are rallying behind Ron DeSantis and his plan to reverse Joe Biden‘s failures and restore sanity to our nation, and his momentum will only continue as voters see more of him in person, especially in Iowa. Defeating Joe Biden and the $72 million behind him will require an elegant and candidate-driven campaign, and we are building a movement to go the distance.”
According to the campaign’s financial report filed Saturday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), DeSantis’s campaign raised $20 million over the first six weeks he entered the race.
But the campaign also burned through nearly $8 million of it in the first six weeks of a campaign, leaving his campaign with $12.2 million at the end of June. And of that total, around $3 million is reserved for the general election and cannot be utilized in the GOP primary contest.
Again, about $14 million of his second-quarter fund came from donors who donated the maximum legal amount, meaning about two-thirds of his early donors will presumably not be able to give directly to his campaign for the rest of the race.
The report also showed that the DeSantis campaign has many paid staffers and is spending more on payroll than other candidates in the race.
The Governor’s campaign listed 92 people on the payroll during its first fundraising period. The number is far more than most of the Republican presidential runners, and it has reportedly left his campaign with unbearable payroll expenditure.
For the first six weeks of his campaign, DeSantis spent above $890,000 on payroll, including benefits, insurance, petrol taxes, processing fees, etc. The campaign also spent over $845,000 on travel expenses, including DeSantis’s regular use of private jets.
While doing the internal assessment, DeSantis’s campaign found that there is a need to bring down the costs for efficient campaign management as the Governor struggles to match his rival, former President Donald Trump, in the GOP’s crowded primary contest amid financial pressure.
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