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Here's Ron DeSantis' B-roll footage for super PAC ads

There's a seven-minute video on U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis' campaign YouTube page called "Ron on the Campaign Trail."

Here's DeSantis signing an autograph. Here he is talking in slow-motion at an event with soft blue lighting. Now, he and his wife are walking along the beach.

But, as shrewd YouTube user Ryan Quintero noted last week: "No volume!"

It's common for campaigns to post this "B-roll" video footage. (We wrote about some from U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy two months back.)

Campaigns aren't allowed to coordinate with super PACs and other outside groups that support them, so the only way to ensure they have video of the candidate is via public websites like YouTube.

And for DeSantis, who has been backed by major super PACs like Club for Growth and a $1.2 million fund called Fighting for Florida that is dedicated to electing him as senator, those outside ads could prove useful.

He's running against U.S. Rep. David Jolly, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, developer Carlos Beruff and defense contractor Todd Wilcox in the Republican primary to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. The Democratic candidates are Murphy, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and attorney Pam Keith.

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2016 10:30am]


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