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For Patrick Murphy and friend Ibrahim Al-Rashid, political giving went together

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November

Years before Ibrahim Al-Rashid began causing problems for his friend Patrick Murphy, they were in synch down to their political giving.

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.

Al-Rashid was back in the news on Wednesday when The Hill reported that the FBI is looking at an alleged illegal straw donor scheme. Murphy sought to discredit the report Wednesday. “I haven’t been contacted, nor has my team,” the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate said.

“Please point out one sentence in my story that Patrick Murphy disputes. Just one,” shot back the reporter.

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.

Murphy met Al-Rashid while attending the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. They both attended University of Miami.

In May, Murphy returned $16,000 in donations from his friend after it was revealed Al-Rashid in 2014 pleaded guilty to an assault charge against his wife, Morgan, who worked on Murphy’s first House campaign against Allen West.

In that race, Murphy was a fundraising powerhouse, relying in part on family connections through his father, and the Al-Rashid network.

Then came allegations of a straw donor scheme in which Al-Rashid was said to have orchestrated donations to Murphy and Crist. Again, Murphy denied wrongdoing. The FBI, according to The Hill, has launched a probe.

Independent of that, Murphy and Al-Rashid’s history of giving at roughly the same time, a pattern first observed by the Washington Free Beacon, deserves a look.

The Tampa Bay Times asked Murphy’s campaign about them on Wednesday morning as of Thursday morning had not gotten a response other than a spokesman saying he was looking into the matter.

Date                  Contributor                                     Candidate                                        Amount

11/30/2007        Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            Mitt Romney                                     $2,300

                          Patrick Murphy                                 Mitt Romney                                     $2,300

03/18/2010        Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            Charlie Crist                                        $2,400

Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            Charlie Crist                                        $2,400

Salman Al-Rashid                             Charlie Crist                                        $2,400

Salman Al-Rashid                             Charlie Crist                                        $2,400

Mohammad Al-Rashid                   Charlie Crist                                        $2,400

Mohammad Al-Rashid                   Charlie Crist                                        $2,400

Morgan Budman                              Charlie Crist                                        $2,400

Morgan Budman                              Charlie Crist                                        $2,400

Patrick Murphy                                 Charlie Crist                                       $2,400

Patrick Murphy                                 Charlie Crist                                       $2,400

01/20/2011          Patrick Murphy                                 Bill Nelson                                          $2,400

                        Tom Murphy                                       Bill Nelson                               $2,400

                            Morgan Budman                              Bill Nelson                                           $2,400

01/27/2011           Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            Ted Deutch                                         $2,400

                             Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            Ted Deutch                                         $2,400

                             Morgan Budman                              Ted Deutch                                         $2,400

Morgan Budman                              Ted Deutch                                         $2,400

                            Patrick Murphy                                 Ted Deutch                                         $2,400

Patrick Murphy                                 Ted Deutch                                         $2,400

Tom Murphy               Ted Deutch $2,400

02/02/2011         Salman Al-Rashid                             Ted Deutch                                         $2,400

                            Salman Al-Rashid                             DWS                                                      $2,400

                            Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            DWS                                                      $2,400

Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            DWS                                                      $2,400

Patrick Murphy                                 DWS                                                      $2,400

Patrick Murphy                                 DWS                                                      $2,400

Morgan Budman                              DWS                                                      $2,400

Mohammad Al-Rashid                   DWS                                                      $2,400

02/25/2011                    Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            DCCC                                                     $6,000

                            Mohammad Al-Rashid                   DCCC                                                     $3,500

02/28/2011          Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            DCCC                                                     $24,000

Salman Al-Rashid                             DCCC                                                     $2,500

Patrick Murphy                                 DCCC                                                     $2,400

03/09/2011         Patrick Murphy                                 Steve Israel                                        $2,000

03/22/2011         Ibrahim Al-Rashid                            Steve Israel                                        $2,500

Salman Al-Rashid                             Steve Israel                                        $2,500

06/29/2012          Patrick Murphy                                 Keith Fitzgerald                                $2,000

06/30/2012          Morgan Budman                              Keith Fitzgerald                                 $2,500

Morgan Budman                              Keith Fitzgerald                                 $2,500

[Last modified: Thursday, November 3, 2016 8:52am]

    

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