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Morgan & Morgan again bankrolling Charlie Crist



The Morgan & Morgan personal injury firm, as millions of Florida TV watchers know, is FOR THE PEOPLE. And glancing through the most recent fundraising report filed by Democratic congressional candidate Charlie Crist of St. Pete, it's clear Morgan & Morgan also remains very much FOR CHARLIE CRIST. More than 60 percent of the donations - and half of the $271,000 Crist raised in the first three months of 2016 - came from Morgan & Morgan lawyers.

"Charlie is a member of our firm and he is deeply loved and admired. I think it is just a reflection of what all the lawyers think of him as a person and friend," said John Morgan, leader of the firm where Crist works more as a rainmaker than a practicing lawyer. 

Morgan supported Crist's unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2014, but said in an email that the extent of his involvement in Crist's congressional campaign was sending an email on Crist's behalf to members of the firm. "Only thing I am bankrolling is (medical marijuana) and my children’s inheritance. (:"

He also explained why his sons have been appearing in Morgan & Morgan's TV commercials much more frequently than he has: "I am passing the torch. Old fat and gray doesn’t sell as well as young and handsome."

Crist is running for the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 13, a heavily Democratic district now represented by Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Jolly. He faces a primary challenge from first-time candidate Eric Lynn. Former Gov. Crist has raised more money, but as as of March 31, Lynn had $547,999 available to spend in the primary and Crist had $450,974.

The little known Lynn will need every penny to compete against universally known Crist.




[Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:37pm]


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