RPOF CALLS ON MURPHY TO RETURN DONATIONS INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI
TALLAHASSEE, FL—Today, Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Blaise Ingoglia released the following statement calling on Patrick Murphy to return all of the donations associated with the alleged straw donor scheme currently being investigated by the FBI.
“With just five days until Election Day, Floridians are tired of the Democrats and their concurrent FBI investigations. Just like the tainted donations Patrick Murphy returned earlier this week, it’s time for him to return all of the donations tied to the alleged straw donor scheme, and finally end his track record of shady campaign contributions,” said RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.
The FBI is currently investigating an alleged straw donor scheme involving Patrick Murphy's long-time friend and wealthy Saudi contributor, Ibrahim Al-Rashid
Yesterday, The Hill reported that the FBI is investigating an alleged donor scheme tied to Patrick Murphy. The FBI is investigating an alleged illegal donation scheme involving a wealthy Saudi family that supports Democratic Florida Senate candidate Patrick Murphy. (Jonathan Swan, "FBI investigating alleged donor scheme tied to Senate candidate", The Hill, 11/2/16)
The FBI is investigating the allegation "that Murphy's high school friend and major political donor, Ibrahim Al-Rashid, coordinated a "straw donor" scheme to boost Murphy." "The allegation — originally submitted by a Republican super PAC run by a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — is that Murphy’s high school friend and major political donor, Ibrahim Al-Rashid, coordinated a “straw donor” scheme to boost Murphy. Al-Rashid didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment. And Murphy’s campaign declined to say whether Murphy’s attorneys had discussed the FBI investigation with Al-Rashid’s attorney." (Jonathan Swan, "FBI investigating alleged donor scheme tied to Senate candidate", The Hill, 11/2/16)
"Al-Rashid has given nearly $400,000 to Murphy's campaigns over the years and to outside groups supporting him." "Not in dispute: Murphy’s ties to Al-Rashid, son of a Saudi billionaire. As the Palm Beach Post noted Wednesday, Al-Rashid has given nearly $400,000 to Murphy’s campaigns over the years and to outside groups supporting him." (Alex Leary, "For Patrick Murphy and friend Ibrahim Al-Rashid, political giving went together," Tampa Bay Times, 11/3/16)
- An example of a donation from the alleged scheme involved Al-Rashid's housekeeper in Miami appearing on Murphy's FEC report as a senior executive at a Texas-based company. "To support its allegation, the Republican group argued that 'inconsistent and changing employer and occupation information listed for some of these contributors suggests that some may not have been aware that they made the reported contributions.' One example within the alleged scheme: A woman who describes herself in federal donation reports as the 'owner' and 'property manager' of a Texas-based company, Limestone Property Management, gave Murphy’s campaign $300. But she is neither the property manager nor the owner of the Texas-based company. In fact, she doesn’t work there. She lived in Miami at the time and was Ibrahim Al-Rashid’s 'cleaning lady,' according to a Miami-Dade Police Department report filed in 2012 over a home burglary at Al-Rashid’s property." (Jonathan Swan, "FBI investigating alleged donor scheme tied to Senate candidate", The Hill, 11/2/16
Murphy has not returned the donations involved in the alleged straw donor scheme
The FBI is currently investigating $24,050 worth of donations that were allegedly funneled from Al-Rashid to Murphy's campaign. "The GOP super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, claimed in its June complaint to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that 11 donors in Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida “participated in an unlawful scheme to funnel Ibrahim Al-Rashid’s contributions, or were used by Al-Rashid to funnel contributions without their knowledge.” A total of $24,050 was involved." (Jonathan Swan, "FBI investigating alleged donor scheme tied to Senate candidate", The Hill, 11/2/16)
Murphy's campaign is now dodging questions about Al-Rashid and Murphy's history of coordinated political giving
Today, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting on Al-Rashid and Murphy's long history of corresponding political donations, which began nearly 10 years ago. "Beginning with matching $2,300 contributions to Mitt Romney on the same day in 2007, Murphy and Al-Rashid, who met years earlier at prep school, made a series of corresponding donations to politicians just as Murphy was trying to become one. On March 18, 2010, for example, Al-Rashid and Murphy maxed out to Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate campaign, giving two donations each of $2,400, maxing out. Family members of Al-Rashid’s did the same. Other Murphy-Al-Rashid donations came within a few days of each other. The contributions help fill out the picture of Murphy’s connections and access to political money that has propelled his career. An unknown in politics, the early donations likely helped gain him access to key figures, from Crist to Bill Nelson." (Alex Leary, "For Patrick Murphy and friend Ibrahim Al-Rashid, political giving went together," Tampa Bay Times, 11/3/16)
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