The Club for Growth announced today that it is preparing to launch a refund-facilitation effort to encourage donors to ask Gov. Charlie Crist for their money back, should he leave the GOP and run for Senate as an independent.
The Club, a DC-based economic-conservative group that works to support conservative Republicans in both primaries and general elections, launched a similar effort after Sen. Arlen Specter left the GOP to become a Democrat in the spring of 2009. (Specter was, and is, a political enemy of then-Club President Pat Toomey, who is now challenging Specter for his Senate seat for the second time.) The Club says Specter ended up returning a total of $1.2 million in campaign contributions after his party switch.
Here's the statement from Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: