Continuing to pile up money ahead of his re-election bid, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee raised nearly $5.52 million in August, according to a newly filed report at the state Division of Elections. The Friends of Ron DeSantis committee had about $53 million in cash on hand as of Aug. 31 and raised nearly $46 million during the first eight months of the year. DeSantis has not opened a formal campaign account for his 2022 race, but the committee will play a key role in his bid to win a second term. During August, the committee’s largest contributions were $500,000 from the Republican Governors Association and $500,000 from Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein of Lake Forest, Ill. Richard Uihlein is a major national Republican donor. DeSantis’ committee in August also spent $692,000, with $398,000 going to Ace Specialties, LLC of Lafayette, La. The report does not provide details about the committee’s business with Ace Specialties. But the company’s website said it managed campaign merchandise for former President Donald Trump and “is proud to work with a vast portfolio of Republican candidates to raise money through merchandise sales. By using Ace’s merchandise and fundraising platform, candidates are able to promote their brand with custom merchandise while collecting contributions for their campaign.”

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