While a member of the Republican Party, Florida governor Charlie Crist accepted donations from contributors to finance his campaign to be the Republican nominee for one of Florida’s seats in the US Senate. He has now decided that he’ll keep all of those contributions.
A Crist campaign staffer said that as far as it was concerned, these people donated cash to a good cause, and they were going to use it to further a good cause as intended.
The campaign confirmed to political blog TPMDC that Crist’s now independent run for the Senate is the “good cause.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has indicated he would like to get money donated back, since he is in the position of increasing the number of Republicans in the Senate.
The Club for Growth was also pressing for refunds, as it did when Sen. Arlen Specter switched parties. And it will continue to keep the pressure on. President Chris Chocola said, “After promising on more than one occasion to give refunds to campaign contributors who wanted their money back, Crist’s campaign has now broken that promise and intends to keep its dishonestly gained and dishonestly held millions. Governor Crist says his campaign is about the people, but his latest betrayal proves once again that Charlie Crist only cares about one person: himself. Club for Growth PAC’s campaign refund initiative will continue until Crist returns the money to its rightful owners.”
RBR-TVBR observation: This would be an interesting case for the FTC, don’t you think? Crist is not going into the election battle as advertised, and the FTC doesn’t like it when advertisers misrepresent their product. And aren’t dissatisfied customers entitled to a refund?