Published: Dec 10, 2010 10:24 PM EST
Updated: Dec 10, 2010 7:25 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A state appeals court has ruled against Republican donors who were trying to get party-switching Gov. Charlie Crist to return their campaign donations.

The Second District Court of Appeal on Friday declined to hear appeals of two GOP donors who tried to keep Crist from spending $7.5 million in campaign donations and who also sought class-action status for the effort.

The ruling means that donors seeking refunds will have to file individual lawsuits.

A state circuit judge in Naples had earlier ruled against the two unhappy donors.

Crist switched from Republican to independent April 29 while trailing badly in the polls to Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. He was trounced by Rubio in the Nov. 2 election.

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