REVEALED: DeSantis fundraiser is hosted by a lobbyist for Moderna, a company that makes puberty blockers, AND a sanctioned Chinese firm: Florida governor is accused of hypocrisy for $1,000-a-place DC event
- Lobbyist Marc Lampkin is one of the organizers of a DeSantis fundraiser
- Tickets to the event later this month, at his firm’s DC offices, cost $1000
- But Lampkin’s portfolio includes companies that DeSantis has railed against
It puts the Florida governor in an awkward position as he tries to ride anti-vaxxer sentiment and his record restricting gender-affirming treatment all the way to the White House.
He is pressing for a grand jury investigation into Moderna and has banned transgender treatment for minors in Florida.
The Trump campaign quickly slammed DeSantis, accusing him of hypocrisy as he did the bidding of his ‘globalist masters.’
The controversy stems from an event to be held at the offices of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, D.C.’s biggest federal lobbying firm, on June 23. DeSantis supporters can buy a place with a $1,000 donation, according to an invitation obtained by DailyMail.com.
One of the hosts is Marc Lampkin, a partner at the firm, who has been on the wrong side of a host of DeSantis or Republican red button issues.
He has been registered as a lobbyist for Moderna, manufacturer of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, since February 2021.
Filings show he is also registered for AbbVie, maker of puberty blocker Lupron, since 2014. The drug was given to trans children in Florida to pause puberty, but its use is now in doubt since DeSantis signed a bill banning the use of such drugs for new patients under 18.
And Foreign Agents Registration Act papers show that he represented Fujian Jinhua, a Chinese state-owned maker of semiconductors. In 2018, it was sanctioned by the Trump administration, which said it was a security threat.
Senior Trump aide Jason Miller slammed the linkup.
‘It’s no surprise Ron DeSanctimonious would do a fundraiser with a lobbyist for a Chinese semiconductor company considering his globalist masters at the Club for No Growth have a China First trade policy,’ he said
‘DeSanctus’ hypocrisy surrounding the COVID vaccine, and his willingness to accept money from a representative of a company manufacturing puberty blockers, also show that DeSanctus is willing to sell out for anything if the price is right.’
The DeSantis campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Read the full story by Rob Crilly of The Daily Mail here.