The reign of Matthew C. Osterhaus as CEO of Pro-DeSantis Super PAC, a political action committee dedicated to promoting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has abruptly ended amid allegations of financial misconduct.
Osterhaus has been at the center of allegations related to the financial misconduct and mismanagement of funds within the Super PAC. The arrangement came to light in the spring of 2020 when the Florida Election Commission opened an investigation to determine if there were any improprieties tied to the group’s fundraising activities.
The Super PAC has since come under further scrutiny from federal election officials. Anonymous sources have stated that Osterhaus was the primary target of an inquiry related to possible violations of campaign finance regulations.
The allegations first surfaced in mid-May when news outlets reported that the campaign of U.S. Representative Val Demings was the recipient of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Super PAC. While there is no evidence directly linking Osterhaus to any of these funds, many have criticized him for failing to properly oversee the organization’s fiscal responsibilities.
Due to the ongoing accusations of financial misconduct, the Super PAC decided to part ways with Osterhaus on Monday, June 1st, 2020. While it is unclear who will take his place, the move is regarded as necessary to restore the Super PAC’s reputation and credibility.
The controversy surrounding Pro-DeSantis Super PAC has served to remind political action committees that there are rules and regulations with which they must comply. Not only must the people running the organization have proper oversight of the funds, but they must also make sure that those funds are not misused for political gain.