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The Donald Trump–Charlie Crist Connection

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 16:37
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Politics has yet to spawn a more odious moonbat than Charlie Crist, the former Florida Senator, Attorney General, and Governor who is currently running for Congress. Among other outrages, Crist flew by private jet to spew global warming propaganda, praised the ObamaCare debacle, and reduced an audience to painfully side-splitting laughter by proclaiming Hillary Clinton to be honest. Crist is so reviled that he was banned from attending a funeral. Who would donate money to such a scoundrel? Worse yet, who would stretch the limits of the law to donate ten times the personal maximum?

Donald Trump used his various companies to donate 10 times the individual limit to Charlie Crist’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign, a Huffington Post review of state campaign finance records shows.

Yes, it’s from HuffPo. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

The donations were all made on the same day through companies Trump owns. All told, Trump made nine contributions of $500 to Crist’s campaign on Aug. 25, 2005, for a total of $4,500. At the time, the maximum allowable donation in Florida from an individual or corporation was $500, a sum that Trump had already given Crist’s campaign as a personal donation in June of that year. Crist was attorney general of Florida at the time.

Readers will recall that Trump also gave generously to another Florida Attorney General. Pam Bondi apparently reciprocated by dropping an investigation into his Trump University con operation.

At the time Trump made the donations, he had a number of major projects underway in Florida whose success or failure relied on a friendly state government. …

According to [Brendan] Fischer at the Campaign Legal Center, the fact that Trump gave so much money so far ahead of Crist’s actual 2006 election “suggests that Trump wanted something more immediate from Crist as attorney general, rather than necessarily backing Crist’s gubernatorial run.” …

Trump has never made a secret of his willingness to leverage donations to political campaigns in order to further his business interests. During the Republican presidential primary, he bragged about how he used campaign contributions to sway politicians to back his interests.

But let’s not assume that Trump, who may have violated disclosure requirements with the multiple donations, was bribing Crist. Maybe he just wanted to give money to a kindred spirit.

The similarities go beyond both having a creepy demeanor and fluorescent orange skin:

• Crist is a longtime RINO currently running as a Democrat; Trump is a longtime Democrat currently running as a RINO.
Crist has blamed racism for resistance to Obama’s agenda; Trump says that Americans fail to appreciate Obama because we are racists.
• Both Crist and Trump have said that Hillary would be a “great president.”

No wonder Trump held two fundraisers for Crist, both calling for those attending to donate at least $1,000.

The deck comes with two jokers.

On a tip from Torcer. Hat tip: The Right Scoop.


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