FL: Taxpayers coughed up nearly $600k for DeSantis presidential campaign stunt

Source: Tampa Bay Times

“Florida spent more than half a million dollars to send law enforcement officers to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas over the summer, a mission that was spearheaded by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a frequent critic of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. The cost of the mission — in total $570,988 — covered the salaries of dozens of state personnel, their travel costs, as well as supplies and equipment used during a weeks-long stint at the border, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. DeSantis’[s] office initially said the state would seek reimbursements for the costs. But it appears Florida taxpayers will end up footing the bill for the mission, which [most people noticed as] a political stunt aimed at bolstering the governor’s national stature.” (11/11/21)