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Don't Fall for GoFundMe Scams


This week, I announced my apoyo acerca de Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara de Representantes 1185, which requires transparency measures in Florida Law to protect Floridians from crowdfunding scams from sources like GoFundMe. In the wake of disasters like the Surfside Condo Collapse or Hurricane Ian, we have seen these crowdfunding sites allow fraudulent accounts to run rampant across the internet, tugging at people's heartstrings to help victims of these disasters. Often these are scam accounts, and I am fed up with companies like GoFundMe, not putting up a fight to protect consumers. Enough is enough, and now is the time to pass meaningful legislation that protects Florida consumers, and cracks down on these fraudulent accounts. 

On Wednesday, I issued a carta to NewsGuard, a news organization whose website had a list of safety standards that fall in line with ESG practices. I maintain that ESG criteria is undemocratic because it leverages capital to force businesses into promoting social outcomes. If the actions of NewsGuard target any Florida businesses, as CFO, I will not hesitate to use the full force of my office to shed light on the organization. Florida businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I will make sure they are protected at all costs. 

On Thursday, I was happy to announce that more the $27 million in unclaimed property was returned to the wallets of Floridians during the month of February. I am proud to highlight the great work my office is doing to return every cent of unclaimed property back to its rightful owners. We currently have unclaimed property accounts with a total value of nearly $2.7 billion, and I encourage all Floridians to check if some of it is theirs by going to


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Jimmy Patronis
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State of Florida

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