At American Briefing, we are continuing the coverage of the battle with the FEC that “Ready for Ron” is facing. “Ready for Ron” is a grassroots movement that is collecting signatures and garnering grassroot support of American citizens who want Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis to run for President in 2024. The Ready for Ron group is collecting names and emails of people who want Governor DeSantis to run for President with the full intention of handing this over to Governor DeSantis.
According to the Washington Times, the FEC left the matter in legal limbo when commissioners voted 3-3 this month on whether Ready for Ron can provide the list to Mr. DeSantis, either before or after he considers his candidacy.
The group likens itself to Ready for Hillary, a political action committee that raised money before Hillary Clinton announced her decision to run for president in 2016. Mrs. Clinton obtained access to the donor list “Ready for Hillary” compiled and, under the law, was supposed to pay fair market value. Politico reported at the time that an anonymous Democratic source said the Clinton campaign obtained the list “through a swap with another independent group.”
Unlike the Clinton model, Ready for Ron wants to directly give Mr. DeSantis a free list of potential donors. The group describes it as a petition urging Mr. DeSantis to run and not a mailing list.
The group said it can provide the list at no cost because Mr. DeSantis has not given any official indication that he is “testing the waters,” an FEC term describing preliminary steps before a candidate makes a decision.
The PAC is collecting about 1,000 contacts a day and is on track to acquire 60,000 signatures, accompanied by emails and phone numbers, by the end of September, said Dan Backer, a legal adviser to Ready for Ron.
“We want to build a grassroots movement that is telling him, ‘Hey, we want you to run for president. You’re the guy to beat Biden,’” Mr. Backer told The Washington Times.
Mr. DeSantis has become a national political figure by advancing a conservative agenda in Florida while bucking far-left policies of the Biden administration and congressional Democrats, most prominently pandemic-related mandates and lockdowns.
A USA Today/Suffolk poll last week showed Mr. DeSantis leading Mr. Trump among Florida voters 48% to 40% in a hypothetical primary matchup.
In a sign he considers Mr. DeSantis a threat, Mr. Trump has derided the governor privately from his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach.
Democrats are worried about Mr. DeSantis and his 2024 ambitions.
President Biden, who lost Florida in the 2020 election, was scheduled to hold a rally there this week to denounce Mr. DeSantis as an “extremist” Republican. The event has been postponed because of a hurricane forecast.
Mr. Backer said he thinks the three Democrats on the FEC want to stand in the way of Ready for Ron to block Mr. DeSantis from becoming a threat to Mr. Biden.
Mr. Backer said Ready for Ron will continue to build the list through television and online advertising and plans to roll out in the next few weeks a plan to build a national volunteer network of people for a campaign infrastructure in every state if Mr. DeSantis decides to run.
During this time that Ready for Ron is gathering signatures, the movement of Americans who want Governor Ron DeSantis to run for President is growing minute-by-minute.
“Look at Florida and how great things are here. Look at this guy’s record,” Mr. Backer said. “And you know what? This is the guy that’s going to be able to beat Biden. He is our guy.”