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TALLAHASSEE — One loaned him a private plane on the campaign trail. Another wrote a $500,000 check early in the campaign. Now, at least 22 of governor-elect Ron DeSantis' biggest campaign donors are playing an official role in shaping his policies.
They all have been named to DeSantis' transition's advisory committees, which meet regularly to discuss issues and provide formal recommendations to the incoming governor, who launched his campaign with the pledge that he would "drain the swamp in Tallahassee."
These donors have given a total of about $2.1 million to DeSantis' various political committees during his entire political career, with half giving $10,000 or more. This does not include DeSantis' final advisory committee, which had not yet been announced as of Friday afternoon.