Patrick Murphy raises $675K in first quarter for CD 18 re-election

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy released blockbuster fundraising numbers Friday, with $675,000 raised in the first quarter of 2014, giving the Democrat almost $2.2 million cash on hand.

The strong 1Q showing follows an equally robust 2013, where Murphy raised over $500,000 in all four fundraising periods, putting him as one of the top fundraisers in the nation.

“I am extremely thankful for the outpouring of support for my work serving the residents of Florida’s 18th Congressional District, who I am so proud to represent,” Murphy said in a statement.  “Together, we will continue to work to change the tone in Washington to move our district, our state, and our nation forward.”  

In addition to fundraising, Murphy also collected enough signed petitions to qualify for the November ballot. Nearly 7,000 voters in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, much more than the 4,764 required by Florida law.  This saves Murphy $10,440 in qualifying fees required for partisan candidates without petition signatures.

“The magnitude of support for Congressman Murphy’s independent leadership in Congress is almost unheard of among members of the House of Representatives,” said Murphy for Congress Finance Director Mandi Karp. “It is clear that Murphy’s focus on local issues and bringing common-sense problem-solving to Congress is the backbone of his support.”

“This week’s financial and grassroots support once again shows that the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches value the Congressman’s common-sense, independent approach over partisanship,” added Karp.

Although Murphy has not drawn a Democratic primary challenger, eight Republicans are currently vying to face him in the upcoming midterms, including former state Rep. Carl Domino, former Tequesta Councilmember Calvin Turnquest, former Connecticut legislator Alan Schlesinger and Juno Beach Councilmember Ellen Andel.

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