Laura Loomer Exposes Ron DeSantis for ‘Shadow Presidential Campaign’ Flouting Florida Law; Ethics Complaint Filed
Journalist Laura Loomer is blowing the whistle on the “shadow presidential campaign” of Ron DeSantis in which the Florida governor is touring the country, hitting crucial primary states, and apparently flouting Florida law in doing so.
DeSantis is running his shadow presidential campaign while it is illegal for state officials in Florida to run for “federal public office” while holding their position under the state’s “Resign to Run Law.” This law was put into place to ensure that Florida lawmakers would be responsive to the people they serve and not be allowed to cut and run on their constituents to pursue their own self-serving ambitions.
The text of the law, Florida Statutes Chapter 99.012 (4)(a), reads, “Any officer who qualifies for federal public office must resign from the office he or she presently holds if the terms, or any part thereof, run currently with each other.”
DeSantis is aggressively lobbying to have that law repealed so he can remain governor while running for the presidency in 2024. He is currently conducting his shadow presidential run under false pretenses while he and his allies work frantically behind the scenes to manipulate the process and have the “Resign to Run Law” rescinded.
Loomer exposed DeSantis’ scheming in a video report released last week:
Due to Loomer’s relentless journalism, an ethics complaint has been filed against DeSantis. Make America Great Again Inc., a pro-Trump super PAC, filed a 15-page ethics complaint on Wednesday claiming that DeSantis’ shadow presidential campaign is unlawful under Florida law.
The super PAC is asking the Florida Commission to probe into whether or not DeSantis’ shadow presidential campaign activities “are unlawful because they serve his personal political objectives, are in furtherance of his personal financial gain at the expense of Florida taxpayers, and are intended to influence his official decision to resign from office.”
“This letter provides ample evidence to support a finding of probable cause by the Florida Commission on Ethics that Governor DeSantis, in concert with certain associated political committees, political consultants and a 501(c)(4) organization, has solicited and received millions of dollars’ worth of illegal gifts in violation of Florida State ethics laws and the Florida Constitution,” the complaint states.
Loomer is running a grassroots campaign in the state of Florida urging Republican clubs, groups and committees to demand that the law be enforced and not changed at the behest of DeSantis:
Florida Republicans would be wise to push this resolution within their local Republican Party groups, including their county party executive committee, in order to quash DeSantis’ establishment-backed aspirations to undermine America First and rob the MAGA movement from the man responsible for putting him into office, Donald J. Trump.