Richard Luscombe reported for the Guardian in Miami:
Governor of Florida Ron Disantis He may face an investigation by the federal government, asking him whether he passed the Covid-19 vaccine to wealthy supporters in exchange for campaign donations.
Gary FarmerThe leading Democrat in the Florida Senate wrote to the Acting Attorney General of the United States on Thursday Monty Wilkinson, Ask him to investigate the “trouble”
“In the past few months, there have been many well-documented reports of exclusive vaccination sites that have restricted access to paid members of private clubs and wealthy gated community residents,” Farmer wrote.
“In many cases, before or after the establishment of vaccine sites, significant contributions were made to the political committee controlled by Governor Ron DeSantis.”
Farmer pointed out that the latest statement comes from a report by the Miami Herald on Wednesday, which stated that by mid-January, there was an exclusive Ocean Reef Club in a private gated community on Key Largo. Among them, 1,200 residents over the age of 65 were vaccinated.
The Herald said that at the time, other parts of the state were still struggling to obtain funding. State records show that only one month ago, 17 Ocean Reef residents donated at least $5,000 to the political action committee supporting DeSantis’ 2022 re-election campaign.Another is the former governor of Illinois Bruce RaunerAfter the vaccination, a check of $250,000 was cut to DeSantis’ PAC in February.
The newspaper also claimed that DeSantis has been using the state’s vaccine initiative to “guide pop-up vaccination sites to select communities,” which are usually wealthy, disproportionately white areas.
“Governor De Sandys’ clear priority for vaccines for the rich seems to be closely related to political remuneration, and if the allegations are confirmed, this would be an extremely disturbing’paid game’ plan,” Farmer wrote.
He asked the Wilkinson office to “conduct a full and thorough investigation of any potential wrongdoing by Governor DeSantis.”