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FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY RESPONDS TO FLORIDA COMMISSION ON ETHICS DECISIONS

Today, the Florida Commission on Ethics dismissed complaints filed against Ron DeSantis’s executive staff. These complaints were filed by the Florida Democratic Party following media reports accusing Governor Ron DeSantis, along with officials in the Executive Office of the Governor, of unethical and illegal solicitation of campaign contributions from lobbyists. In response, the Florida Democratic Party has issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed, but not surprised, in today’s decisions by the Florida Commission on Ethics,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “Even the appearance of impropriety by government officials is enough to warrant questions about their conduct, but in both cases, the Commission’s Advocate cited ‘insufficient evidence’ to pursue the complaints.

“Ron’s penchant for retaliating against his political enemies is well known — just ask Joe Gruters and the people of Sarasota. Just last week, FDLE fired a deputy chief of staff just days after she filed for whistleblower protections. Ron’s actions have a chilling effect on dissent, and the Commission’s inability to find anyone willing to speak on the record at the risk of their political careers isn’t the same thing as exoneration.

“The Florida Democratic Party will continue to do whatever it takes to hold the Republican Party of Florida accountable for their actions — be it rape allegations levied at the Chairman or ethics violations by the governor.”

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