FACT Files FEC Complaint Against U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy
Updated: Mar 19, 2019
FACT has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy (FL-18). The complaint asks the FEC to investigate possible unlawful coordination between Rep. Murphy and Floridians for a Strong Middle Class, a Super PAC formed to support his U.S. Senate campaign.
It appears that Murphy is using his own company to enrich his Super PAC. Over half of all contributions made to the Super PAC have been from Murphy’s own business and his father, who Murphy is also financially tied to through their family business and who has made questionable campaign donations in the past. It is unrealistic to believe that Murphy’s business and his father are funding this group without coordinating in any way with Murphy or his campaign.
Executive Director of FACT, Matthew Whitaker, explained, “It is simply unrealistic to believe that Murphy’s business and his father are funding this group without coordinating in any way with Murphy or his campaign." Since registering with the FEC, Murphy’s own family business, Coastal Construction Group, gave a $300,000 donation to the super PAC. Murphy’s father, Thomas P, Murphy, Jr., who is the CEO of Coastal Construction and financially tied to Murphy, has donated an additional $200,000 to the super PAC. As of Floridians’ last FEC filing, these two donations alone make up over half of all contributions made to the super PAC.
FACT believes that the Commission should immediately investigate whether Murphy is illegally funding his super PAC to aid his Senate bid. If the Commission finds a violation, it should impose appropriate sanctions to ensure compliance to the law.
Read FACT's complaint here.
Read FACT's press release here.
Read some of the media coverage: the Florida Times story here; the Miami Herald story here; the Orlando Sentinel story here; the Saint Peters Blog story here; the Tampa Bay Times story here; the TC Palm story here (Complaint Filed by Conservative Group Accuses Murphy of Violating Campaign Finance Laws); the TC Palm story here (Dad’s Cash Fueled U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy’s Races But Now Causing Headaches).