Charlie Crist to spread leftover campaign cash among 20 progressive groups
Charlie Crist makes decent bank. Again.

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‘The fight for a truly free and fair Florida continues.’

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is donating the remaining cash in his campaign coffers to 20 progressive organizations across the Sunshine State that back causes such as gun reform, reproductive rights and health care access.

Crist’s campaign announced the donations Monday, adding he “was proud to work with them during his campaign and he believes they are on the frontlines of the fight for true freedom and democracy in Florida.”

Each group will receive an equal donation from Crist’s campaign account, which had about $531,000 remaining by Nov. 3. That’s about $26,550 apiece, assuming Crist either spent nothing more or relied on the $97,000 left in the bank for his political committee, Friends of Charlie Crist.

Florida Politics contacted Crist’s campaign to determine the exact donation sum but received no response by press time.

Crist, who served as Florida’s 44th Governor from 2007 to 2011, lost by a landslide to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Nov. 8. DeSantis’ nearly 20-percentage-point lead marked the largest margin of victory ever for a GOP Governor in Florida.

Florida campaign finance law requires candidates to dispose of all leftover campaign funds within 90 days after an election. Candidates may either refund money prorated to contributors, donate the funds to charity or transfer them to an affiliated party committee or political party.

Less than a week after the Midterm Election, Crist has already decided what to do with the money and where it’ll go.

“With women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and the rights of all our fellow Floridians still on the line, I am proud to announce our campaign will redirect our resources towards organizations standing up for freedom and democracy in our state,” he said in a statement. “The fight for a truly free and fair Florida continues.”

Four of the recipient organizations gave to Crist’s campaign this election cycle. Miami-based Ban Assault Weapons Now was the biggest giver, donating $33,671 through Nov. 3. St. Petersburg-based Equality Florida gave $30,197 through its political action committee, Equality Florida Action PAC.

Ruth’s List Florida, a Tampa-based nonprofit dedicated to getting abortion rights candidates elected “at all levels of office,” didn’t give directly. However, the organization’s President, Lucy Sedgwick, donated $2,000.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Florida also didn’t donate to Crist. But Barbara Zdraveky, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, gave Crist $850.

Other groups set to receive funds from Crist’s campaign include the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Equal Ground Florida, Guatemalan Mayan Center, Florida Black Girls, Floridians for Reproductive Freedom, Florida Freedom to Read Project, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida Insulin 4 All, Florida Rising, Florida State Conference NAACP, Mothers Fighting for Justice, People Power for Florida, Women’s March Florida, House Victory Fund, Municipal Victory Fund and Senate Victory Fund.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


9 comments

  • Florida is behind the Country

    November 14, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    Charlie is a good man!!! Desantis caught the end of the MAGA verse. Florida will become known as the place mAGa came to die

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  • Charlie Crist

    November 14, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Enjoy your right wing theocracy Florida. You earned it. Next up…5 years in prison for first DUI. Enjoy the fascism. Maybe people will get tired of it one day and Florida will turn blue forever.

    • Jack Meoff

      November 16, 2022 at 7:13 am

      Thanks Chuck! We will enjoy our Right Wing Theocracy! Theocracy Rocks!
      You, OTOH, will be miserable. So sad! Perhaps you should move to Chyna, it’s a Blue Paradise there! Free social credit scores and no pesky people of faith! They all get sent to “special” camps! You’ll love it! pack up and go now!

      • Charlie Crist

        November 22, 2022 at 10:24 am

        At least in “Chyna” they don’t have brain damaged sub-apes such as yourself. I’ll take a social credit score any day of the week. Enjoy your whacked out, far right police state buddy. You earned it.

        • Joe Corsin

          November 23, 2022 at 12:52 am

          ☝️Far-right misinformation spreader☝️ This is not the real Charlie Crist. This is an evil far-right body snatcher created by by evil far-right billionaires that has assumed Charlie Crist’s form to besmirch his good name. How dare you!! Charlie Crist is a patriot!! He will stay here and fight for Florida. DON’T BELIEVE THE LIES!!!!!

  • Margarita Senorita

    November 17, 2022 at 4:30 am

    Adios, Chumley.

  • Fred Up

    November 21, 2022 at 7:26 am

    Why does Charlie have this much money left over from his campaign? When a person runs for office they are supposed to spend the money they raise on promoting their campaign. Here’s a seasoned politician who couldn’t raise enough money to even pose a real challenge to his opponent and apparently he didn’t want to. Too bad the Democrats didn’t pick a real Democrat instead of a ringer to run against DeSantis.

  • This money belongs to the taxpayers

    November 21, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    106.141(4)(b) Any candidate required to dispose of funds pursuant to this section who has received contributions pursuant to the Florida Election Campaign Financing Act shall, after all monetary commitments pursuant to s. 106.11(5)(b) and (c) have been met, return all surplus campaign funds to the General Revenue Fund.

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