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Patrick Murphy raises $2.4 million during second quarter for U.S. Senate campaign

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Patrick Murphy announced Thursday that he has raised more than $2.4 million in the past three months in his campaign for U.S. Senate in Florida. And he now has more than $7.2 million cash on hand, the most of any candidate running for the U.S. Senate.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of grassroots support from Floridians across our state and I will continue working hard every day for them,” Murphy said in a statement. “Florida families are ready for a leader who shows up to work and fights for our shared progressive priorities in the Senate. Together, we will protect a woman’s right to choose, defense Secocial Security and Medicare for our seniors, and strengthen our middle class. This campaign is about Floridians and I am proud to have them behind me in this race.”

The Murphy campaign says it raised $750,000 just in the last 10 days of the month, demonstrating support during one of the toughest periods since he declared his candidacy in the spring of 2015. That was the fallout of the reporting by CBS Miami reporter Jim DeFede, who reported that Murphy was not a licensed CPA in Florida, and was never a small-business owner (charges that the Murphy campaign pushed back on).

“The strong grassroots support is proof positive that Floridians have a clear choice between someone who will show up for work and fight for them and two politicians who only look out for themselves: Alan Grayson and Marco Rubio.”

Murphy is the first of the four major candidates running for senate in both parties to disclose his second-quarter fundraising totals.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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