MAGA Inc., a Trump-supporting super PAC, filed a 15-page complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics, alleging that DeSantis is already a de facto candidate for president of the United States, pointing to meetings with donors and his courting of influential Republicans.
Why it matters
The complaint asks the commission to investigate Florida's Republican leader for allegedly leveraging his elected office and breaching his associated duties in a coordinated effort to develop his national profile, enrich himself and his political allies, and influence the national electorate. This is significant as DeSantis is a leading potential 2024 primary rival to Trump, and this complaint is the latest attack on his former protege.
What the papers say
All sources agree on the key events and the complaint filed by MAGA Inc. However, some sources include additional details such as DeSantis' book tour and meetings with potential campaign aides. The sources also differ in their portrayal of the complaint, with some describing it as frivolous and politically motivated, while others highlight the potential consequences for DeSantis.
How we got here
Trump has spent months attacking DeSantis, and this complaint is the latest in a series of attacks on his potential rival for the 2024 Republican nomination. DeSantis has not yet declared his candidacy, but his actions have led to speculation that he is preparing for a presidential run.
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Ronald "Ron" Dion DeSantis is an American attorney, naval officer, and Republican politician. He has served as the 46th governor of Florida since 2019, and he represented Florida's 6th congressional district in Congress from 2013 to 2018.
Donald John Trump is an American politician, media personality, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.