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What Crist would lose if he gave back GOP money

From the Center for Responsive Politics:

Infuriated Republicans -- chief among then Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) -- are calling on Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to return campaign donations made to him by Republican interests. Crist announced Thursday that he's bolting the Republican party to run as an independent candidate in Florida's U.S. Senate race. Crist says he'd "probably" give Republicans money back if they asked. But a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of Crist's campaign finances indicates he stands to lose a six-figure sum even when only his most overt Republican contributions are considered.

Congressional leadership PACs and Republican party committees alone have donated $104,700 to Crist's U.S. Senate campaign this election cycle, the Center's research shows.That includes $10,000 from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and $10,000 each from a number of leadership PACs sponsored by U.S. senators, including Cornyn, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Center finds. Other GOP faithful having made leadership PAC donations to Crist include current and former Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), John Thune (R-S.D.), George LeMieux (R-Fla.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and John Kyl (R-Ariz.).Reps. Vernon Buchanan (R-Fla.), Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have also made contributions to Crist from their leadership PACs.Separately, several Republican Party of Florida officials and their spouses have personally helped bankroll Crist, collectively donating nearly $14,000 this cycle.

Note that these figures don't include the hundreds, perhaps even thousands of individuals who may certainly consider themselves Republicans but whose records of campaign contributions don't in any way indicate their partisan preferences.Through March 31, Crist reported having more than $7.6 million cash on hand.Download Cristgopdonations


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There is no legal reason to return the money, and really not much of a precedent that I can think of where one DID return the money...

Tampa Political Consulting

I think there is no way he gives back the money, what reason does he really have to do that?

Nick Kotaiche

I asked RPOF chairman for my money back, which amounted to several hundred thousands of dollars worth of contributions that I contributed through the past several years. So far, the Chair did not even reply to my request. How dare some republicans ask Crist for their money back? Crist should not give them back a dime.

Nick k
St Petersburg

Farm Ted

Fat chance Charlie gives any money back. We are dealing with a whole new type of candidate here. A guy who was getting pounded in a Republican Primary and switched to save his hide. What a sad commentary if Floridians send this guy to DC. Charlie can now join a number of populist elected officials that have their egos as the sole agenda. Amazing how has led his former parties legislature, full of supports down a path of destruction.

Lady Blue

Keep the money Charlie... there is no rule that says you have to give it back. And Farmer Ted are you one of the ones that did NOT give a dime and are demanding you money back.

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