Charlie Crist is still not raising the same amount of money that Rick Scott is for his gubernatorial campaign, but the former Republican turned Democrat is starting to pick up a couple of those six-figure checks that Scott is accustomed to getting for his political committee.
In February, Crist’s political committee received a $300,000 contribution from the Steve Mostyn’s law firm. According to a profile of Mostyn, no lawyer profited more from hurricanes Ike and Rita than the Houston-based plaintiff’s attorney.
In the five years since Ike pummeled Southeast Texas, Mostyn has engineered settlements with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Agency — the lone provider of windstorm insurance for Gulf Coast residents – rewarding him with $150 million in attorneys fees.
With that money, Mostyn has become a force in Texas politics. He is “so involved in Texas politics that he keeps an office in Austin for the legislative session – his own perch overlooking the state capitol where he can ensure the millions of dollars he invests every election cycle yields interest,” writes David Yates.
Mostyn’s law firm recently donated $1 million to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, and was ranked by the Sunlight Foundation as 2013’s biggest corporate donor.
In addition to Mostyn’s check, Crist’s committee reeled in a $100,000 check from Levin, Papntonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty, & Proctor on the way to at least a $620,000 fundraising haul in February.