Ron DeSantis’ two-day inauguraton party – with VIP tickets selling for up to a $1 MILLION

Ron DeSantis’ two-day inauguraton party – with VIP tickets selling for up to a $1 MILLION and a candlelit dinner: Florida governor will welcome high-profile Republican donors to celebration as speculation swirls about his 2024 run

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is hoping donors will be willing to pay $1 million to get A-list access to his January 3 inauguration in Tallahassee 
  • Politico obtained a breakdown of sponsorship packages for the two-day affair, which offers five top donors the opportunity to serve as ‘inaugural chairs’ 
  • The million dollar donors will receive tickets to an inauguration eve candlelight dinner, VIP seats at the swearing-in and get access to the inaugural ball 
  • They’ll also be invited to a ‘Toast to One Million Mamas,’ Florida first lady Casey DeSantis’ campaign group
  • They’ll also get a picture with the governor – one of the most talked-about potential 2024 GOP presidential contenders
  • Other sponsorship packages range from $500,000 to $25,000 and offer access to the same set of events, with fewer ticket 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is hoping donors will be willing to pay $1 million to get A-list access to his January 3 inauguration in Tallahassee after he won reelection by nearly 20 points. 

Politico obtained a breakdown of sponsorship packages for the two-day affair, which offers five top donors – willing to give DeSantis a million dollars – the opportunity to serve as ‘inaugural chairs.’ 

The chairs will receive tickets to an inauguration eve candlelight dinner, they’ll get VIP seats at the swearing-in and get access to the inaugural ball and another party, a ‘Toast to One Million Mamas,’ Florida first lady Casey DeSantis‘ campaign group. 

They’ll also get a picture with the governor – one of the most talked-about potential 2024 GOP presidential contenders.

Other sponsorship packages range from $500,000 to $25,000 and offer access to the same set of events, with fewer tickets, Politico said.  

MILLION DOLLAR BABY?

MILLION DOLLAR BABY? 

Inaugurations in Florida take place in front of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee. This image shows the 2007 inauguration of Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist later became a congressman and ran for governor again in 2022 against DeSantis, who easily beat the Democrat by 20ish points

Inaugurations in Florida take place in front of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee. This image shows the 2007 inauguration of Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist later became a congressman and ran for governor again in 2022 against DeSantis, who easily beat the Democrat by 20ish points 

In Florida, inaugurations are held on the steps of the Old Capitol, which has been restored to its original 1902 glory. 

DeSantis will be sworn in at noon. 

The inauguration and surrounding events will be a chance for the twice-elected Florida governor to raise funds that could go to the state party, which would be barred if he threw his hat into the 2024 presidential race, Politico said.

In this last cycle, DeSantis was able to raise more than $200 million for his reelection campaign. 

He has more than $60 million left in the bank, campaign filings filed last month said.

DeSantis easily won his race against Democrat Charlie Crist – a former Florida governor turned congressman, who changed parties after backing former President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential race. 

For $1 million, five of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' top donors will have VIP seating at the Old Florida Capitol (pictured) when he's sworn in for a second term at noon on January 3, 2023

For $1 million, five of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ top donors will have VIP seating at the Old Florida Capitol (pictured) when he’s sworn in for a second term at noon on January 3, 2023 

DeSantis’ cakewalk to reelection was a bright spot for Republicans, who otherwise underperformed in the midterms. 

The cycle concluded Tuesday night with the Trump-backed Republican Georgia Senate hopeful Herschel Walker falling to incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. 

Polls show a growing interest in DeSantis as a GOP nominee, as former President Donald Trump launches his own bid for the White House once again. 

In the run-up to Election Day in November, Trump sensed the threat and bestowed upon the Florida governor a nickname: ‘Ron DeSanctimonious.’ 

Trump has credited himself for the rise of DeSantis, backing the Republican congressman in his 2018 primary in the Florida governor’s race. 

DeSantis reopened Florida early amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 – garnering praise from national Republicans who blamed Democrats for shutdowns, despite the Trump administration greenlighting them originally. 

He’s also tussled with Democrats on a number of culture war issues, which has also heightened his profile.  

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