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A month late, Democratic activist files FEC complaint about Ron DeSantis' book

Ron DeSantis published his book in 2011


Ron DeSantis published his book in 2011



Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron DeSantis has been generous in giving voters and GOP activists copies of his self-published book, "Dreams from our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the age of Obama," which spells out the northeast Florida congressman's faith in the founding fathers and lack thereof in President Obama. The Buzz has a signed edition proudly displayed on our bookshelf, next to our Bill Clinton cork screw and Jesse Pinklman meth cook action figure..

Well, this week a Democratic activist from Pinellas Park has filed a complaint against the DeSantis campaign, accusing it of failing to properly account for the books on his campaign finance reports. As these books are items of value that are being used by the campaign in the process of influencing a federal election, I respectfully ask that the Commission investigate this violation," said Nicolas Carper, a supporter of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy and leader of the Pinellas County Young Democrats.

But it seems Carper's complaint may be tardy. Last month, the DeSantis campaign filed an amended report with the FEC, reporting that DeSantis had given his campaign $2,500 worth of books as an in-kind contribution.

"It's obvious that Patrick Murphy and his liberal allies are concerned about Congressman DeSantis's campaign," said DeSantis campaign spokesman Brad Herold. "This frivolous complaint just proves that they are desperate to distract from his record of supporting Barack Obama on issues like the Iran Deal, that have made our country less safe and secure."

[Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2016 8:50pm]


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