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.
Lobbyist Marc Lampkin is on the host committee of a fundraising event for Ron DeSantis in Washington D.C. He has represented COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna, the manufacturer of a puberty blocking drug and a Chinese semiconductor company
Tickets are $1,000 for the event in downtown Washington, D.C.
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.
DeSantis in December asked the Florida Supreme Court to set up a grand jury to investigate ‘wrongdoing’ linked to the Covid-19 vaccines, including those made by Moderna
But the portfolio of interests puts Lampkin and the firm at odds with DeSantis.
Last month the Florida governor accused an ‘ideologically charged small group of folks within medicine’ of pushing transgender procedures on minors.
‘They’re trying to do sex change operations on minors, giving them things like puberty blockers, and doing things that are irreversible to them,’ DeSantis said, as he signed the law banning the use of Lupron and other drugs on children. (Lupron was originally licensed to treat prostate cancer.)
Yet records show its manufacturer AbbVie is paying Lampkin’s firm a cool $60,000 each quarter — $240,000 a year — to make its case in Washington.
And Moderna is paying $320,000 a year for ‘issues related to mRNA drug discovery, drug development, and vaccine technologies.’
DeSantis, who once spoke up for COVID vaccines, has made common cause with anti-vaxxers as he seeks to stake out distinctive territory from his main rival Trump.
In particular, he has raised concerns about mRNA vaccines, of the type made by Moderna, their side effects and their effectiveness.
AbbVie makes Lupron, one of a class of drugs that is used in the treatment of gender dysphoria to halt the puberty process
DeSantis spent last week touring the early primary or caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He is running second in the polls to Donald Trump
In December he asked the Florida Supreme Court to set up a grand jury to investigate ‘wrongdoing’ linked to the Covid-19 vaccines.
‘An investigation is warranted to determine whether the pharmaceutical industry has engaged in fraudulent practices,’ says his petition, which makes 11 references to Moderna. ‘The people of Florida deserve to know the truth.’
Like other Republican candidates, DeSantis has identified China as a national security threat, even banning land purchases by the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliates in Florida.
Yet his lobbyist supporter in Washington registered as a ‘foreign agent’ to represent Fujian Jinhua, a joint enterprise between the Chinese government and the Fujian provincial government.
In 2018 it was accused of stealing American chip technology. The Trump administration blacklisted the company and warned that it could flood the market with cheap semiconductors that could bankrupt U.S. businesses that supply American armed forces, making it a threat to national security.
Robert Spalding who served as U.S. defense sttaché to China before joining Trump’s National Security Council, said Republican candidates had recognized that Beijing was a top threat.
But they needed to do more to insulate themselves from Chinese money.
‘This is the number one threat,’ he said. ‘It’s not an invasion of the United States. It’s them influencing our political process through organizations and individuals and companies.’
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