The Associated Press reports that a judge blocked a class-action lawsuit on behalf of donors seeking to recover money given to Gov. Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate campaign when he was a Republican.
Crist, who was elected governor of Florida as a Republican, chose to run for the senate as an independent when it looked like he would lose the Republican primary to conservative Marco Rubio. Crist’s lawyers argued that many donors would support Crist as an independent, and it would be impossible to determine a class of people who would only support Crist on condition he stayed a Republican.
The ruling by a circuit court judge in Naples now means that donors who contributed to the Crist campaign before he became an independent and want their money back will have to sue on an individual basis.