U.S. Rep. John Mica and his Democratic opponent Stephanie Murphy now are getting showered with many tens of thousands of dollars in political action committee money heading into the final days before their showdown in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
In the past seven reported days, from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1, Mica’s campaign reported receiving 52 checks from political action committees and another 19 from individuals who all contributed at least $1,000 towards his re-election campaign. Total draw during that week of reports on big checks: $138,000.
Murphy had a similar week but only drew about half as much money, partly because she received fewer checks, and partly because hers tended to be smaller than those going to Mica. Her 48-hour reports from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 filed with the Federal Election Commission showed she collected 43 checks of at least $1,000, and 33 of those came from political action committees. Overall, those checks put $70,400 into her campaign.
Overall, Mica has had and continues to have a big lead over Murphy in official campaign money raised, though the two finished the most recent complete report with about the same amount left in the bank. Through Oct. 19, the last date for which full reports are available, Mica had raised $1.4 million and had $167,000 in the bank. Murphy, who didn’t start her campaign until late June, had raised $777,000 and had $174,000 in the bank on Oct. 19.
Yet that tells only a small and misleading part of the story of who is financing the CD 7 contest.
Both campaigns, especially Murphy’s, are being bolstered by huge sums of money being spent by outside groups trying to influence the race in CD 7, which covers Seminole County and north-central and northeast Orange County. A variety of national Democratic and state Democratic groups had spent more