U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is good at raising money for his campaigns. His wealthy father is also very good at funneling dollars into his son's races.
That combination has worked for Murphy so far, but now his family wealth and connections to other wealthy donors are coming under scrutiny in his U.S. Senate bid this year.
The Democrat has seen an avalanche of news headlines and political attacks in the last week surrounding: money his family-owned company and father gave to a super PAC that supports him; donations he received from an admitted felon; and a House bill he co-sponsored that would have benefitted political donors and his family business.
Most of these facts aren't new, but Republican groups and primary opponent U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson have latched onto them. The National Republican Senatorial Committee even released an ad Wednesday titled "The Privileged Life of Patrick Murphy."
Yet how much voters are paying attention to the controversy is unclear. If they are, the question is if they care.
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