SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Florida governor and 2024 presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis will visit the California capital June 19 for a “roundtable breakfast” priced at $3,300 per ticket.
The private fundraising event, which his campaign announced on Wednesday, will be hosted by Pam and Steve Eggert of Sacramento; The ticket price is the limit an individual can contribute per election per candidate, under federal election law.
Steve Eggert is founder and president of the Anton DevCo, a real estate development company. He is a former board member of the California Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the board of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a right-leaning think tank.
He did not respond to an interview request Wednesday.
DeSantis formally announced his bid for the GOP nomination in a Twitter space with Elon Musk last Wednesday, and kicked off his campaign this week in Iowa. Earlier this year, he spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Los Angeles on tour for his book, “The Courage to be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival.”
“Your Governor’s very concerned about what we’re doing in Florida so I figured I had to come by,” he said in March, to an audience of 1,300, including former California Gov. Pete Wilson.
“We’ve witnessed a great American exodus from states run by leftist politicians, and we’ve seen massive gains in states like Florida who are governing in accordance to the tried and true principles that President Reagan held dear,” he said. Blue states, according to the former Florida Congressman, are “getting it wrong.”
“Why are they getting it wrong?” he asked his supporters.
“I think it all goes back to ideology. And it goes back to this woke mind virus that’s infected the left and all these other institutions.”
Newsom has spoken out — and aired ads in Florida — against “America’s chief bully” since they were both elected governor in 2018.
They remain culture war combatants, clashing over gender identity and sexuality, public health, gun laws and abortion. When Newsom, who consistently denies any plans to run for president in 2024, launched his Campaign for Democracy PAC earlier this year, he toured several states in the South, including Florida, where he spoke with students at Florida’s New College about DeSantis’ “zest for demonization.”