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DeSantis Top Donor Invests In COVID Drug The Governor Promotes

Ron DeSantis
Marta Lavandier
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AP
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions related to school openings and the wearing of masks in Surfside on Aug. 10, 2021.

Citadel’s investment in Regeneron is a tiny fraction of its overall $39 billion in investments.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been criticized for efforts to ban mask mandates and vaccine passports.

Meanwhile, he's touting a COVID-19 antibody treatment in which a top donor’s company has invested millions of dollars.

DeSantis has been promoting the effectiveness of Regeneron, a monoclonal antibody treatment.

Filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission show Citadel, a Chicago-based hedge fund, has $15.9 million in shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as well as options to buy its stock.

Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has donated $10.75 million to a political committee that supports DeSantis.

Citadel’s investment in Regeneron is a tiny fraction of its overall $39 billion in investments. Experts say Regeneron is an effective treatment.

Read the full story from the Associated Press

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