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[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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