Yesterday we pointed out the interesting circumstance of young Patrick Murphy’s parents maxing out to federal members of Congress who just happened to have also been early endorsers of young Patrick in his race against Alan Grayson.
As it turns out, that’s not the only way Patrick has used his family’s money over the years. While it may have slipped under the radar in Florida, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last year that the parents of several Democrat members of Congress and candidates were involved in a donor swap scheme. From the report:
“In June, Robert Strouse sent $5,200 to the campaign of U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.). (The Floridian is no relation to the former Bucks County congressman with the same name.) Four days later, Murphy’s father, Thomas P. Murphy Jr., sent an identical campaign contribution to Kevin Strouse.
Lance Callis and Bera’s father, Babulal Bera, each gave to the reelection campaign of Murphy, the Florida congressman. Murphy’s mother, Leslie, also sent $5,200 to Ami Bera.”
And how much did Murphy get from this swap scheme with the Strouses and Beras? At least $22,900. $5200 from Kevin Strouse’s father, $2300 from Strouse’s mother, $5200 from Ami Bera’s father, $5200 from Bera’s mother, & $5000 from Bera’s wife.
Patrick ‘Silver Spoon’ Murphy proves over and over again that he’s willing to use his family’s millions to bend the rules for the sake of climbing the political ladder.