NASCAR Team Removes Charlie Crist's Name From Car at Daytona

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According to The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal, the Republican Party of Florida filed a complaint with the elections commission, indicating that the team putting Charlie Crist’s name on the hood was a violation of the $3,000 limit on campaign contributions.

Reversing course, a NASCAR team said Friday that it will not feature an advertisement for Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida who's now seeking a return to his old job as a Democrat, on a car competing in the Coke Zero 400 this weekend.

Phil Parsons, of Phil Parsons Racing, said he pulled his sponsorship agreement with Crist out of respect for his business partner Mike Curb, a Republican and former lieutenant governor of California.

'He didn't feel comfortable and he's been a huge supporter and partner to us from the very start," Parsons told The Sporting News. "In respect to Michael, we decided to take it off."

The Florida Republican Party had filed a complaint that the advertisement's value to Crist far exceeded the $3,000 limit on campaign contributions. The Crist decals, which were supposed to go on the car's hood, would have occupied coveted advertising space that could fetch over $50,000 from a different sponsor.

Crist's team brushed off the complaint, arguing the advertisement would not have run afoul of any campaign laws.