A brand new nonprofit group is helping Ron DeSantis’ boost his national profile in yet another addition to the governors growing political apparatus. The organization “And to the Republic” hosted three events for DeSantis in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, where he spoke before law enforcement officers. The group said they were “proud to help host the events today featuring Governor Ron DeSantis that put a spotlight on those state policies that are working and those that are clearly not working.” And to the Republic is registered as a 501(c)(4) issue advocacy organization, “a type of nonprofit that doesn’t have to disclose its donors but can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money advocating for policies it supports.”
According to Politico:
The person familiar with the nonprofit noted that it plans to host events with politicians other than DeSantis in the future, and it has invited other governors to join events similar to the ones DeSantis spoke at this week. But with the new group, DeSantis joins a slate of other Republican presidential contenders, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who are benefitting from nonprofit issue advocacy groups. Some of the nonprofits have been active for years, supporting their policies, raising money, building large email lists and paying staff that will form the backbones of presidential campaigns launched later this year.
The outfit is overseen by Tori Sachs, a Michigan-based Republican strategist who has been a longtime adviser to GOP Rep. John James. Sachs has also worked for several conservative issue advocacy groups, including Michigan Freedom Fund and Michigan Rising Action.
Those briefed on And to the Republic’s plans say it is expected to hold additional events supporting DeSantis. The person familiar with the organization said it would be “announcing events for the future in the coming weeks and months.” An Eventbrite page lists the group as the host of an upcoming event for the governor in North Venice, Fla.
DeSantis has taken many steps to raise his profile ahead of seems to be likely presidential bid. Next week, he is launching a new book, “The Courage to be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival.” DeSantis is expected to be former president Donald Trump’s main rival should he enter the race.