“Money talks, and by not returning his contributions from a racist who freely uses racial slurs Ron DeSantis is sending a message that these comments are ok,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Ron DeSantis and his ever-growing list of white supremacist supporters might find this type of racist rhetoric acceptable, but the people of Florida don’t.”
September 20, 2018
Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis’ campaign for Florida governor says he will no longer accept money from a donor who used the N-word in a tweet about President Barack Obama.
But campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said Thursday that money they’ve already taken from Steven Alembik’s company, SMA Communications, won’t be returned because it was already spent on the primary election.
TheDemocratic affiliated group American Bridge provided ascreen shot of the Alembi’s tweet, in which he used profanity to describe Obama as a Muslim N-word. Lawson called the tweet “disgusting.”
SMA Communications donated $2,000 to DeSantis’ campaign and $2,000 to DeSantis’ political committee. Another $11,000 in donations from Alembik and SMA were returned.
Sean Jackson, the chairman of the Black Republicans of South Florida, was handling calls for Alembik. He said Alembik isn’t a racist.