[UPDATE] Lawsuits Seek GOP Refund of Crist Donations

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] (10-8 11:01AM) --

Two Republican legislator-lawyers are representing one of Gov. Charlie Crist's GOP campaign contributors in a public records lawsuit against him.

Reps. Tom Grady of Naples and Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach
sued Thursday (Oct. 8) for former Ambassador to the Bahamas John Rood in state court in Tallahassee.

They allege Crist failed to comply with Rood's request for
records showing he has made policy shifts since leaving the
Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent. The
governor's office says it cannot find what Rood's looking for.

Rood also has sued seeking to force Crist to refund $7.5 million
in contributions he collected before quitting the GOP, but a judge
in Naples has denied class action certification.

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[UPDATE] (9-27 10:59AM) --

Republican contributors to Gov. Charlie Crist's independent campaign for the U.S. Senate aren't giving up their quest for refunds.

The attorney for two GOP donors said on Monday, Sept. 27 he will appeal a Naples judge's denial last week of class-action status in the case. The ruling means each contributor to the Crist campaign would have to seek a refund through individual court action.

Some Republicans contend Crist should return at least $7.5
million given to his Senate bid before he left the GOP and became
an independent last spring. Crist's attorneys say donors have many
reasons besides party affiliation to contribute money.

An appeals court in Tallahassee is being asked to prevent the
Crist campaign from spending the money in question.

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[UPDATE] (9-23 3:05PM) --

Miami, Florida (AP) --

A Florida judge has rejected a legal maneuver could have enabled thousands of Republican contributors to seek up to $7.5 million in refunds from Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Circuit Judge Jack Schoonover in Naples on September 23 refused to
certify a lawsuit brought by two GOP donors as a class action
covering at least 2,000 similar contributors. The decision means
donors would have to sue individually for refunds.

The two GOP contributors who sued in Collier County claim Crist
broke a contract when he abandoned the GOP earlier to run as an
independent.

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Naples, Florida (AP) --

A lawsuit filed in Collier County is seeking refund of millions of dollars contributed by Republican donors to Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign for the U.S. Senate.

The lawsuit claims that Crist should repay the money because he
left the GOP in April to run for the Senate as an independent. As
much as $10 million is at stake.

A Collier County judge scheduled a hearing on September 20 on whether the case should become a class action covering all Republican
contributors to Crist.

Crist's attorneys oppose making the case a class action. They
argue that people often have reasons besides party affiliation to
contribute to political candidates.


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  • by WCTV Viewer Location: Georgia on Oct 8, 2010 at 09:07 AM
    NO, the truth is Charlie Crist began to "see the writing on the wall" and that he would NOT be able to beat Rubio and jumped ship TAKING Republican donations with him!! That's just the fact! Crist CHOSE to leave the Republican Party and run as an Independent, and therefore, should return Republican monies. But, honestly, he's thinking like all OTHER DEMOCRATIC politicians....TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!!!!Funny, he's beginning to look like PELOSI more and more everyday!
  • by Renee Location: Florida on Sep 27, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    Based upon this lawsuit it appears that people are buying influence in our political system and not the ability of the person to do for all. The Republican party is upset because they walked away from Charlie and he became an Independent candidate. Those backing Rubio will get an opportunity to fine out the truth about this man and I do not want hear you complain about him if he is elected and goes to Washington and does the same thing they are doing now. Everybody will promise you the world to get elected, but please remember for every Yea vote there is a possible Nay vote. One person can not make a change in this world with the exception of JESUS CHRIST.
  • by Cachina Location: Tallamahachee on Sep 23, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    I hope the people of Florida see just what a loser Charlie Crist is, he is all about the status, like all these other career politicians, I just wish someone would get some good dirt on Allen Boyd too. I want some new fresh people in government and get rid of all these jokes in office, I stand behind Rick Scott, I am ready for something new!!
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Sep 22, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    Charlie I'm sure you will be a fine ex governor, just as I am sure that Rubio will be a fine Senator. When you seem to go with the path of least resistance and less risk there is price to pay...
  • by tlh on Sep 21, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    No, they give to the person running. I would not give to the Republican Party when Charlie Crist was running...and I didn't. Now that Rubio is the ticket, I will.
  • by lobohart Location: chamagoochee on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    Sounds like they didn't give a donation to the man, just the party. Bunch of indian givers with sour grapes.
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