PAC funded by Democrat Patrick Murphy’s father airs pre-primary TV spotby George Bennett | August 7th, 2012
American Sunrise, a PAC financed with $250,000 from Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Murphy‘s father, is airing a TV ad that praises Murphy as a “problem solver” in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens.
American Sunrise is spending $52,802 through next Tuesday’s Democratic primary to run the ad, according to Federal Election Commission filings. The PAC has spent $118,578 so far to boost Murphy’s campaign.
Thomas Murphy Jr., the CEO of Miami-based Coastal Construction Group, contributed $250,000 to American Sunrise in May. Patrick Murphy is a vice president with the family business, heading Coastal Environmental Services.
Murphy has national Democratic backing in his bid to unseat West, but he first faces businessman Jim Horn and retired firefighter Jerry Buechler in next week’s Democratic primary for congressional District 18. The ad doesn’t mention the primary or West.