Trial lawyers dig deep for “Charlie Crist for Florida” committee

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More than half of the $1.6 million raised by Democrat Charlie Crist’s political committee in May came from law firms and lawyers, according to filings with the Florida Division of Elections.

“Charlie Crist for Florida,” received $1,627,500 last month, with a minimum of $868,500 from contributors clearly identified as attorneys or law firms.

Records show donations include $200,000 from Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, based in West Palm Beach; $100,000 from the Jacksonville-area Pajcic & Pajcic; and $90,000 from Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, also based in West Palm Beach.

Crist has a close relationship to several high-profile law firms, through his time with Orlando-based legal firm Morgan & Morgan.

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