Crist's GOP Donors Still Fighting to Get Their Cash Back Appeal ruling denying class-action status By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Sep 27, 2010 3:38 PM CDT 7 comments Comments In this framegrab provided by CNN, Gov. Charlie Crist appears on CNN's State of the Union, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/CNN, State of the Union,) (Newser) – Republicans who donated to see Charlie Crist become the next GOP senator from Florida are keeping up the fight to get their money back now that he's decided he wants to be the state's next independent senator. A lawyer for a pair of donors said today he'll appeal a court's decision to deny them class-action status in their efforts, the AP reports. The current ruling denying class-action status means that each contributor will have to mount their own legal challenge. The total of contested donations is thought to be at least $7.5 million, and lawyers have filed a motion asking that Crist be blocked from spending those funds. Click here for more on the Republican-turned-independent.