Young Patrick Murphy is super excited about “winning” Democrat endorsements in his primary battle against Alan Grayson. But here’s the thing – did he really “win” those endorsements, or were they given in return for major campaign donations from his parents? Let’s take a quick look at the federal legislators endorsing Murphy referenced in this SaintPetersBlog article:
Ted Deutch: Thomas P. Murphy donated $4800 to Deutch in 2011 and $5400 to him in 2015. Patrick’s mother Leslie Murphy also donated $4800 to Deutch in 2011 and $5400 to him in 2015. Total $ from Patrick’s parents to his endorser Ted Deutch – $20,400.
Alcee Hastings: Thomas P. Murphy donated $5000 to Hastings in 2011 and $5400 to him in 2015. Leslie Murphy also donated $1000 to Hastings in 2011 and $5400 to him in 2015. Total $ from Patrick’s parents to his endorser Alcee Hastings – $16,800.
Alex Sink: Thomas P. Murphy donated $10,000 to the Alex Sink Victory Fund in 2014.
Interestingly, Murphy’s parents donated in 2011 (when Patrick switched from Republican to Democrat and needed some D) friends, they skipped 2013 when Patrick didn’t have much of a race, then they came back to the table big time in 2015 when Patrick needed D friends again for a possible primary in his run for the Senate.
One thing is abundantly clear here – young Patrick Murphy spends a lot of time bemoaning money in politics, but he sure has put his family’s millions to use trying to buy himself a political career.