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Patrick Murphy donates contributions from friend who pleaded guilty to domestic assault charge

Patrick Murphy has given away $16,000 in contributions from a longtime friend who in 2014 pleaded guilty to an assault charge against his wife.

The development, which has touched the upper levels of Democratic politics, comes as the U.S. Senate candidate’s fundraising have come under scrutiny from political rivals and the news media.

The Hill first reported that Murphy had returned the donations from Ibrahim Al-Rashid, the son of a billionaire Saudi businessman who went to the exclusive Lawrenceville School in New Jersey with Murphy then University of Miami.

Al-Rashid’s wife, Morgan, was Murphy’s finance director in his 2012 campaign against Rep. Allen West.

“There is no excuse for domestic violence,” Murphy told The Hill in a statement. “Both Morgan and Ibrahim have been long time friends and supporters of mine. Morgan even worked on my first campaign.”

“This incident is personal for me,” he added. “I was heartbroken when I found out, and I condemn Ibrahim’s inexcusable actions. Over the past year I have prayed for Morgan and her family to find healing.”

Al-Rashid and family members have made significant political contributions in recent years, including $100,000 to a super PAC that supported Murphy in 2012.

This March, he gave $100,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, which is returning the money due to the assault revelation.

[Last modified: Monday, May 16, 2016 6:24pm]


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