Crist, Rooney, state Dems and GOP pledge to return Rothstein contributionsby George Bennett | November 3rd, 2009
Gov. Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate campaign will give $9,600 it received from Fort Lauderdale attorney and accused multimillion-dollar investment scammer Scott Rothstein and his wife to charity or some other entity, Crist campaign manager Eric Eikenberg said this afternoon.
Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney’s campaign will give $4,600 in Rothstein contributions to a pair of Treasure Coast charities. And the Republican Party of Florida is pledging to give about $150,000 in Rothstein-linked money to a victim-compensation fund when one is set up.
The Florida Democratic Party announced it is returning a $200,000 check from Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm to the firm in hopes it “helps the victims of any wrong doing recover what they have lost.”
Rothstein, a prominent GOP moneyman who has raised money for Crist and for John McCain’s presidential campaign as well as for Democrat Alex Sink’s gubernatorial bid, is accused by his law partners of misappropriating millions in investor money.
Since Monday, Sink and other candidates have been pledging to unload their Rothstein money, although it’s not immediately clear where the money will go.
RPOF, which has received $500,000 or more in Rothstein-related money over the years, is returning only contributions from the 2010 election cycle, party spokeswoman Katie Betta said.