Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Patrick Murphy campaign gets million-dollar boost, as father cuts check to Senate super PAC

in 2017/Top Headlines by

Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy received another financial bump to his U.S. Senate campaign this week in the form of a million-dollar check from his father to a Senate super PAC.

The Hill reports Florida homebuilder Thomas Murphy gave $1 million to the Senate Majority PAC, the largest donation the Harry Reid-linked committee received in July.

The elder Murphy had also made a six-figure super PAC contribution supporting his son’s successful 2012 congressional campaign.

Two days after the July donation, Senate Majority PAC announced it will launch a one-million-dollar ad buy in Florida. Patrick Murphy, 33, faces liberal firebrand Alan Grayson, who has been openly opposed by Democratic leadership, in the Aug. 30 primary.

The Washington Post notes the ad buy was unusually early for the top Democratic Senate Super-PAC to intervene, calling it the “first-ever television ads in a Democratic primary, as it seeks to shepherd a top recruit through a competitive intraparty contest.”

 Murphy is in a tight race with incumbent Marco Rubio, who is leading by about 6 percent in recent polling.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

Latest from 2017

Go to Top