PARK CITY, Utah.– On Wednesday at the Deer Valley’s St. Regis resort, a potential 2024 Presidential candidate, and current Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis took part in an exclusive fundraising luncheon at the Rime restaurant in the resort. A seat at the luncheon cost $5,000, and attendees enjoyed a three-course meal and a photo with the Governor of Florida.
This was the second event of the day for Governor DeSantis, as this morning he also attended a breakfast event that cost $500 per seat. A select group of business executives and Utah Republicans are hosting the fundraisers for him, one of them being Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. According to invites received by The Salt Lake Tribune, other well-known Utahns listed as hosts for the fundraisers include Neutraceutical founder Bruce Hough, property developer Scott Keller, Nomi Health founder Mark Newman, and Clearlink founder James Clarke.
During the luncheon, Governor DeSantis spoke of how his state has become a Republican majority as measured by voter registration information. DeSantis spoke to over 50 of Utah’s top businessmen, speaking candidly about issues affecting his home state of Florida, including the ongoing legal battle with the Walt Disney Company. He also mentioned how he has been standing up to Washington D.C and the liberal-leaning media’s ‘woke’ agenda.
The luncheon held at Deer Valley St. Regis was hosted by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, which may confuse some people. Reyes is known to be an avid supporter of former President Donald Trump, a potential GOP Presidential rival for DeSantis. Reyes co-chaired Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign in Utah and served as a spokesperson for Trump on the campaign trail throughout the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. He recently won a sought-after speaking spot at Trump’s Casper, Wyoming, rally in May.
Proceeds from Governor DeSantis’ fundraiser are contributed to his political committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis. Governor DeSantis is fundraising for his reelection campaign in November, however, if he were attempting to raise money to compete against other Republican presidential candidates in 2024, he’d be running against former President Donald Trump, former vice president Mike Pence, and the former governor of South Carolina Niki Haley.