Murphy says he raised $550,000 in first quarterby George Bennett | April 4th, 2013
The campaign of freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, says it collected more than $550,000 during the first quarter of 2013 for a race that is being targeted by the national GOP.
Murphy’s campaign says it has more than $650,000 in cash on hand for the 2014 race.
By comparison, former Republican Rep. Allen West, the prolific fundraiser Murphy narrowly defeated last year, raised $456,873 in his first quarter as a freshman in 2011.
The fundraising quarter ended Sunday and Federal Election Commission reports aren’t due until April 15, but Murphy’s campaign was eager to release its fundraising figure in a Wednesday press release.
Republicans haven’t fielded a candidate to challenge Murphy in GOP-leaning District 18, but the GOP has already launched online ads attacking Murphy.