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DeSantis Administration Pushes Back on ‘Irresponsible’ AP Hit Piece Linking COVID Treatment to Donor

Then-candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis attends a campaign rally in South Daytona, Fla., November 4, 2018. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s administration is accusing the Associated Press of politicizing his efforts to promote a lifesaving COVID-19 antibody treatment, alleging the news agency intentionally wrote a hit piece that could discourage people from getting the treatment.

On Wednesday, the AP published a story noting that DeSantis “has been flying around the state” promoting a monoclonal antibody treatment known as Regeneron. The AP’s headline emphasizes that one of DeSantis’s donors is the CEO of Citadel, a Chicago-based hedge fund that has $15.9 million in shares of Regeneron Pharmaceutical.

That donor, Ken Griffin, has donated $10.75 million to a political committee supporting

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.

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