Charlie Crist getting strong financial support from chiropractors

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In an entirely unsurprising move, lawyers — particularly trial lawyers — have begun lining up with campaign donations for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

Less expected was a jump in support from the chiropractic business, which provided tens of thousands of dollars to Crist’s campaign in April, according to recently filed fundraising reports.

Both chiropractors and their practices gave at least $112,000 to the campaign last month, part of Crist’s overall total of nearly $928,000 taken in.

However, the $112,000 figure is only an estimate and only reflects those individuals and businesses clearly identified in the report as chiropractors. Other contributors offered a generic description of their occupations, such as “medical practice.” Certain small donors are not required to list occupations.

Earlier this year, Crist received a few contributions from chiropractors but not at the significantly higher levels from the business in April.

The chiropractic industry employs several active lobbyists in Tallahassee, to advocate on a variety of health and insurance issues.

Chiropractors are reeling from a 2012 law overhauling the no-fault auto-insurance system — supported by GOP Gov. Rick Scott — that placed new restrictions on insurance payments.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.