Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Amway, Orlando Magic owner Richard DeVos Jr. gave $25,000 to DeSantis PAC

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 4:57 PM

  • Screenshot via Florida Channel
Richard DeVos Jr. gave $25,000 to a political action committee supporting the re-election of Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this month.

According to the PAC's own disclosures, the member of the Amway Center and Orlando Magic-owning DeVos family gave the committee the large donation on March 16. It was the second donation that DeVos had made to the PAC since 2018. Taken together, his donations to the organization total $75,000.

The DeVos family is a web of ownership groups that control not only the Amway Center and the Orlando Magic, but several smaller sports teams, a chain of vehicle dealerships and vast real estate holdings. Altogether, the DeVos family has donated $225,000 to this DeSantis-affiliated PAC since 2018.

A search of state records shows that the younger Richard DeVos is an equal opportunity spender, spreading his contributions on the state level between Democratic and Republican candidates. His late father, however, appeared to be a diehard GOP member. He donated $500,000 to the Republican Party of Florida in 2004 alone.

It's worth noting that DeVos Jr.'s contributions are by no means unusual among the big-money donors who give to the Friends of Ron DeSantis. Publix Supermarkets, for example, gave $150,000 to the PAC between 2018 and the present. St. Augustine-based Island Doctors, who have practices from Pensacola all the way down to Naples,  gave $508,000 to this PAC in the last three years.

Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation