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$1.9M ad campaign slams Patrick Murphy as 'fabulously phony failure'



A conservative dark-money group called "American Future Fund" has dumped $1.9 million into a TV ad campaign bashing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy as a "fabulously phony failure."

The attack references a controversy that has and will continue to plague the Jupiter congressman during the general election -- that he, at times, embellished or didn't offer full explanations about his professional experience.

The ad uses Murphy's own words against him, echoing one statement three times in the 30-second spot.

"Who would embellish a resume intentionally?" Murphy says.

The remark was originally part of a response made to a Herald/Times reporter's questions earlier this summer when discrepancies in Murphy's resume were first coming to light. His full remarks were captured on video by the Herald/Times; American Future Fund apparently used a portion of that video for its ad.

The ad first criticizes Murphy for allegedly "lying about being an immigrant." This claim takes Murphy out of context for a remark he made during a recent Fusion interview, in which Murphy was making the point that "we are all basically immigrants here."

It also goes after Murphy for how he has described his experience as a CPA and small businessman, citing media reports that scrutinized his resume claims and found they didn't add up.

As we've reported repeatedly, Murphy's explanation of his pre-congressional work has evolved with more detail in recent months as several media outlets probed what he actually did during those years. Politifact found "that Murphy’s description of his past employment is based on actual circumstances, but at times he omits a full explanation."

In response to the ad, Murphy spokeswoman Galia Slayen said in a statement: "Marco Rubio’s special interest allies have already tried and failed to use these discredited attacks against Patrick -- and they will fail again."

American Future Fund said the ad will run in "multiple Florida broadcast and cable markets and is complemented by an integrated digital campaign."

The group's ad buy was reported Friday in an electronic filing to the Federal Election Commission. As a 501(c)4, American Future Fund is a political nonprofit organization that does not have to disclose its donors.

Here is the ad:

*This post has been updated with comment from Murphy's campaign.

[Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2016 4:22pm]


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