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.