Republican-turned-Independent Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who waged an unsuccessful bid for Senate last year, wrote a check to one of Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) Democratic challengers during the first quarter.

The Palm Beach Post flagged the $1,000 donation to businessman and first-time candidate Patrick Murphy on Friday. The paper noted that Murphy's political consultant was a Crist adviser during his Senate bid. 

Murphy is one of two Democratic candidates already in the race against West, the Tea Party star who sits atop the target list of national Democrats in 2012. 

West raised an impressive $433,500 during the first three months of the year, the second largest first-quarter haul among House GOP freshmen.

Murphy raised more than $300,000 during the first quarter of the year, and former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D) raised $254,000. Both Democrats just jumped into the race last month.