In case you missed it, Patrick Murphy’s floundering Senate campaign reported spending a whopping $27K in legal fees in its latest FEC filing. That’s well over twice what the campaign spent on legal fees in the previous filing from April ($12.6K).
So this begs the question – why is Patrick spending so much money in legal fees? Is it because there have been FOUR FEC Complaints filed against his campaign in less than a year? Let’s review some areas where he may need legal help:
1. Senate Leadership Fund filed an FEC Complaint alleging that Murphy participated in an illegal straw donor scheme with his friend and convicted domestic abuser Ibrahim Al-Rashid. This is also the very kind of scheme that more often than not sparks a federal criminal investigation (see here, here, here, here, & here).
2. A progressive activist filed an FEC Complaint, Congressional ethics complaint, and a Department of Justice complaint alleging that Murphy traded favors for campaign cash.
3. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed an FEC Complaint alleging that Murphy had illegally coordinated with the Super Pac funded by his construction company.
4. A Democratic Party official in Florida filed an FEC Complaint asking for an investigation into a donor swap scheme between Murphy’s campaign and that of Ami Bera, whose father went to jail for . . . orchestrating an illegal straw donor scheme.
“From resume fraud to donor fraud, Patrick Murphy’s campaign is sinking under the weight of his lies, deception and corruption. It really is amazing that of all the people in Florida, this habitual liar is the best Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer could come up with.” – Senate Leadership Fund Spokesman Ian Prior