Florida spent about $ 5 million to protect Desantis, his family, and the governor’s mansion


According to a state report released Monday, Florida taxpayers have been around 485 in the past fiscal year to protect Governor Ron DeSantis, his family, the governor’s mansion, and various visiting officials. I spent a million dollars.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s annual Transport and Protection Report, most of the costs for the 2020-21 fiscal year (about $ 4.82 million) will secure the Governor’s mansion, as well as Desantis and his first family. Spent to protect the members. service. “

During the 2019-20 fiscal year, the cost of protecting DeSantis, the first family, and the governor’s mansion was a similar $ 4.78 million.

The report gives a glimpse of protection, but does not outline how security details were arranged or operated for the governor or dignitaries.

Costs were outweighed by nearly $ 3.82 million spent on DeSantis, with over $ 1.83 million in salaries for law enforcement officers who provided security to the governor and $ 1.984,000 in transportation-related costs.

The cost of protecting First Lady Casey DeSantis and First Family members exceeded $ 463,000, with $ 455,665 for law enforcement salaries and $ 7,823 for First Lady transportation. The governor and the first lady have three young children.

An additional $ 512,247 was spent on salary and about $ 24,821 was spent on other expenses related to the protection of the governor’s mansion and site.

The report also listed 17 costs totaling approximately $ 32,790 to provide protection details for visiting senior officials. According to the report, state law requires the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to provide security to visitors to the state. To the state. “

The biggest expense, $ 6,283 for security and transportation, will be spent protecting Utah Governor Gary Herbert and his family, who were doing “personal” business in Orlando from October 15-21. I was killed.

Governor of Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and the US Virgin Islands also provided similar coverage for personal or public enterprise.

When US Second Lady Karen Pence at the time was in Jacksonville with former Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and launched an employment support program for military spouses at the end of September 2020, the state gave $ 1,289 to security. Spent.

On September 16th, Eric Trump’s wife, President’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, joins former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and then-President Donald Trump’s senior adviser to the campaign, Katrina Pearson. An additional $ 1,607 was spent when he was in Jacksonville.