GOP contributors remain underwhelmed by would-be Murphy challengersby George Bennett | October 15th, 2013
Three Republicans hoping to unseat nationally targeted freshman Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy in 2014 raised a combined $98,867 from contributors other than themselves during the most recent quarter — less than one-fifth of Murphy’s cash haul during the same three-month period.
As a narrow 2012 victor in a district that voted for Mitt Romney, Murphy is one of the national GOP’s top targets for 2014. But Republican donors have largely remained on the sidelines for the declared field of GOP candidates while Murphy has built up a $1.4 million re-election warchest.
Federal Election Commission reports filed today show that former state Rep. Carl Domino raised $65,962 from contributors and kicked in $125,000 of his own money during the quarter that ended Sept. 30. The Domino campaign reported $160,070 in cash on hand at the end of the quarter.
Juno Beach Councilwoman Ellen Andel collected $17,953 during the quarter and reported $17,667 in cash on hand in her campaign account. But Andel also racked up $18,584 in new debts and obligations during the latest quarter. She incurred $20,171 in outstanding obligations during the previous quarter, but appears to have paid off $6,372 of that figure in the most recent reporting period.
Former Connecticut legislator Alan Schlesinger raised $14,952 during the quarter. He put in $25,000 of his own money after also putting $25,000 in personal funds during the previous quarter. Schlesinger reported $37,410 in cash on hand.
Murphy raised $529,482 in the most recent quarter and has collected more than $2.1 million overall. He has spent $787,677 on his campaign and began October with $1.4 million in cash on hand.
Since the third quarter ended, former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest has entered the GOP field. And former state House majority leader Adam Hasner remains a potential Republican candidate.