Politics

Murphy Contributed to NRCC, House Candidate After His Exit

Pennsylvania congressman resigned in disgrace after sex scandal last year

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., made contributions to the National Republican Congressional Committee and to a congressional candidate in Pennsylvania. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite resigning from Congress in disgrace last October, Rep. Tim Murphy made major contributions to the National Republican Congressional Committee and county parties.

The Pennsylvania Republican resigned in October after it was revealed he tried to coax a woman with whom he had an affair to have an abortion.

But Federal Election Commission reports from Murphy shows that after his resignation, he transferred $100,000 to the NRCC, NBC reported.

The NRCC declined to comment to NBC.

Similarly, Murphy contributed $2,000 to Marty Nothstein, an Olympic medal-winning cyclist who is now running in Pennsylvania’s 7th District. Nothstein’s campaign did not respond to an email asking about the contribution.

In addition, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported in February that Murphy had contributed $15,000 to the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Committee.

Murphy also gave to the Republican Committee for Westmoreland County in an effort to help Rick Saccone’s race to succeed him. But Saccone, who went on to lose to Democrat Conor Lamb, urged the party to reject his contribution.

FEC documents show the contribution made on Dec. 20 was never cashed. The Pennsylvania Senate Republican Committee did not immediately respond to NBC nor from a separate inquiry from Roll Call.

In addition to those contributions, Murphy contributed to the Republican Committees for Washington County, which was part of the district he represented.

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Along with Nothstein, Murphy contributed to Pittsburgh City Council candidate Rennick Remley and Tim O’Neal, who was running for a state legislative seat.

Murphy’s resignation triggered a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, which led to Lamb’s surprise victory.

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