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Murphy Raises $200K in Q3; Toomey to Help Him Raise More

By Keegan Gibson and Brittany Foster

Rep. Tim Murphy pulled in over $200,000 in political contributions over the last three months, according to the latest campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission. He has over $873,000 cash on hand.

Early next month Murphy will get a hand from Senator Pat Toomey, who will be the special guest at a breakfast for Murphy at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC.

The news comes a few weeks after Evan Feinberg, a former staffer for Sens. Tom Coburn and Rand Paul, declared a primary challenge to the five-term Republican. Feinberg filed with the FEC in October, so his first report won’t be available until January.

“I have been overwhelmed with the support that I’ve received since announcing my campaign earlier this month and we are off to a great start,” he told PoliticsPA.

Nonetheless the state’s Republican leaders are quietly lining up behind Murphy, including Toomey, the poster child of viable conservative primary challengers,

Senator Toomey’s office did not return a request for comment.

Feinberg dismissed Murphy’s fundraising, and accused the congressman of kowtowing to liberal interests.

“The numbers don’t lie,” he said, “Ninety-nine percent of his campaign contributions have come from special interest groups (many of them very liberal) and large individual donors, with just 1 percent from small individual contributions.”

Murphy did receive a healthy amount from political action committees, unsurprising given his seat on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the district’s location at the intersection of Marcellus shale and coal country. He also received $1,000 from the other “big gas” lobby, the American Gastroenterological Assoc.

About one-third of his contributions came from individuals, the remaining two-thirds came from PACs.

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