NEWS: End Citizens United Endorses Stephanie Murphy for Congress

WASHINGTON – End Citizens United has officially endorsed Stephanie Murphy for Congress.  Murphy is running to represent Florida’s 7th Congressional District. End Citizens United (ECU) is a grassroots-funded organization that is dedicated to electing members of Congress who, like Murphy, will fight to overturn Citizens United and to pass campaign finance reform that will remove unlimited, secret money from our political system.

“Whether it is protecting our national security or serving Florida and her local community, Stephanie Murphy has shown a deep commitment to ensuring that our families have a strong, safe, and bright future,” said Tiffany Muller, Executive Director for ECU. “She’ll take that same commitment to Congress and put problem-solving ahead of politics.  While Stephanie will stand up to special interests, her opponent, Congressman John Mica, has built a record on protecting the handful of multimillionaires and billionaires who are rigging the system to benefit themselves.  ECU looks forward to working with Stephanie Murphy to give a voice to working families and to end the corrosive influence that unlimited anonymous money has on our politics.”

“There is too much money in politics, plain and simple,” said Murphy. “The disastrousCitizens United Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates of dark, special interest money that is damaging our political process and preventing Congress from actually getting results for American families. I’m proud to accept the endorsement of End Citizens United, because it’s past time to repeal Citizens United, bring more accountability and transparency into our political process, and take the reins of government back from the special interests. As a Member of Congress, I’ll fight to pass campaign finance reform so that we can force Congress to actually listen to the American people – not the lobbyists lining their own pockets.”

End Citizens United PAC was established in March 2015 to counter the disastrous effects of Citizens United and reform our campaign finance system. To date, more than 1.5 million grassroots members from every state and territory have taken action to support End Citizens United.

Stephanie Murphy: Mica’s ‘Offensive Contribution’

ORLANDO – Businesswoman, educator, and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy today sharply criticized Republican Congressman John Mica after news reports revealed he accepted a $1,000 contribution only two days after the June attack on Pulse Nightclub, a gay nightclub in downtown Orlando. Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“I am dismayed and outraged that Congressman John Mica accepted a $1,000 contribution from the gun lobby only two days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando where 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded. This offensive contribution is exactly what is wrong with Washington – and explains why Congressman Mica continues to oppose and vote against commonsense, bipartisan gun security measures despite representing an area that is home to the largest mass shooting in American history. 

“In Congress, I will bring both Republicans and Democrats together to pass reasonable and responsible gun security measures that make our communities and our families safer, including comprehensive criminal background checks and measures that prevent suspected terrorists on watch lists from buying weapons.  It’s just common sense.”

BACKGROUND:

Mica accepted a $1,000 check from the National Rifle Association two days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. [Florida Politics, 8/22/16]

NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Calls for ‘No Budget, No Pay’

ORLANDO – Businesswoman, educator, and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy today called for No Budget, No Pay legislation that would require both chambers of Congress to pass a budget and all appropriations bills on time or Members of Congress don’t get paid. Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

“The concept is simple: do your job or don’t get paid,” said Murphy. “Passing a budget on time – and then holding spending to that budget – is the only way we’re going to stop runaway deficit spending and start balancing the budget. By forcing Members of Congress to do their jobs, we will bring certainty to our country and to the markets, and the American people won’t be subjected to manufactured budgeting crises or pointless government shutdowns.”

By law, Congress is required to pass a budget resolution and its subsequent appropriations bills by October 1, the start of the nation’s fiscal year. If adopted, the bill would dock Members’ pay every day after October 1 until the bills are passed. The proposed legislation would also prohibit retroactive pay so that Members may not pay themselves back once the bills are passed.

Congress has not adopted a budget for the federal government on time in six years, and they have not passed all appropriations bills on time in nearly 20 years. Congress did pass a watered-down, one-year version of No Budget, No Pay in 2013. That year, the House and Senate passed individual budgets for the first time in four years.

“When I am elected, I will help introduce and build bipartisan support to pass the ‘No Budget, No Pay Act’ so that we can hold Congress accountable for the American people,” said Murphy. “The real question is why hasn’t Congressman John Mica cosponsored the bill yet? Mica has voted to give himself a pay raise eight times over his nearly 25-year career in Washington – a 30 percent pay increase – despite Congress often failing to complete its most basic function of passing a budget. At the same time, Mica was outrageously supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits and trying to privatize both programs. American families have to work hard to earn their paychecks and, unlike Congressman Mica, I believe Congress should have to do the same.”

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Mica Voted 8 Times To Raise His Own Pay. [HR 2775, Vote #550, 10/16/13; HR 8, Vote #659, 1/01/13;  HR 3630, Vote #922, 12/13/11; HR 3082, Vote #662, 12/21/10; HR 1105, Vote #86, 2/25/09 ; H J Res 20, Vote #72, 1/31/07; HR 4328, Vote #538, 10/20/98 ; HR 4539, Vote #247, 7/15/94]

Congressman Mica Supports Raising The Retirement Age For Social Security. “For instance, one of the very first questions was whether either candidate would support raising the age for Social Security at some point. Mica offered a straight-up ‘yes.’” [Orlando Sentinel, 6/12/12]

Congressman Mica Supports Social Security Privatization. In 2012, in response to a Political Courage test questionnaire, Mica answered, “Yes,” to the following question: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? [2012 Political Courage Test, Project Vote Smart, accessed 7/19/16]

 

NEWS: LCV Action Fund Endorses Stephanie Murphy

Murphy Pledges to Focus on Conservation, Green Energy

ORLANDO – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund today endorsed businesswoman, educator and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes much of downtown Orlando, northern Orange County and all of Seminole County. The LCV Action Fund works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies.

“Stephanie Murphy understands we have an obligation to protect our planet for generations to come,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “She was a strong supporter of Amendment 1 in 2014 to protect Florida’s precious land and water, and she will bring that same commitment to Congress to combat climate change and ensure that we have clean air to breathe and safe water to drink.”

Murphy said preserving Florida’s natural resources would be key to protecting Florida’s top industries, such as tourism and agriculture, and the jobs in those industries.

“By protecting Florida’s natural resources, we not only preserve our beautiful state for generations to come, but we also protect our economic way of life and the jobs that come with it,” said Murphy. “When I am elected, I will be a strong advocate for our environment, for cleaner air and water, and for smart investments in green energy that both reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and make energy more affordable for Florida families.”

Murphy is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions for federal office.

About LCV Action Fund

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund (LCVAF), the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies, and defeat those who stand in the way of progress. Since the 1994 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 69 U.S. Senators and 306 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the 2013-2014 election cycle, LCVAF endorsed over 70 candidates and raised and donated almost $6 million dollars via GiveGreen. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.

Stephanie Murphy: On 81st Anniversary of Social Security, Rep. Mica Should Explain Controversial Positions

ORLANDO – Sunday, Aug. 14, marks 81 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law – one of our nation’s most popular programs that has lifted millions of seniors out of poverty and saved countless lives. On this anniversary, businesswoman, educator and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy, candidate for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, said Congressman John Mica should explain his attempts to privatize Social Security and raise the retirement age on Florida’s seniors.

Stephanie Murphy stated:

“Social Security is not just a government program – it’s a lifeline for millions of seniors and their families. We should find bipartisan ways to protect and preserve Social Security for generations, not tear it apart and gamble seniors’ benefits on Wall Street by privatizing it.

“As we celebrate the 81st anniversary of Social Security, Congressman Mica should explain his support for privatizing Social Security and raising the retirement age. Making matters worse, he’s voted to give himself a payraise eight times while seniors rarely ever see a raise. When I’m elected, I will work around the clock to protect Social Security and stand up for Florida seniors.”

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Mica Supports Raising The Retirement Age For Social Security. “For instance, one of the very first questions was whether either candidate would support raising the age for Social Security at some point. Mica offered a straight-up ‘yes.’” [Orlando Sentinel, 6/12/12]

Congressman Mica Supports Social Security Privatization. In 2012, in response to a Political Courage test questionnaire, Mica answered, “Yes,” to the following question: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? [2012 Political Courage Test, Project Vote Smart, accessed 7/19/16]

Congressman Mica Voted 8 Times To Raise His Own Pay. [HR 2775, Vote #550, 10/16/13; HR 8, Vote #659, 1/01/13;  HR 3630, Vote #922, 12/13/11; HR 3082, Vote #662, 12/21/10; HR 1105, Vote #86, 2/25/09 ; H J Res 20, Vote #72, 1/31/07; HR 4328, Vote #538, 10/20/98 ; HR 4539, Vote #247, 7/15/94]

Stephanie Murphy: Mica’s ‘Offensive Contribution’ from Gun Lobby Two Days After Pulse Nightclub Shooting Represents What’s Wrong with Washington

ORLANDO – Businesswoman, educator, and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy today sharply criticized Republican Congressman John Mica after news reports revealed he accepted a $1,000 contribution only two days after the June attack on Pulse Nightclub, a gay nightclub in downtown Orlando. Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

Statement from Stephanie Murphy:

“I am dismayed and outraged that Congressman John Mica accepted a $1,000 contribution from the gun lobby only two days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando where 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded. This offensive contribution is exactly what is wrong with Washington – and explains why Congressman Mica continues to oppose and vote against commonsense, bipartisan gun security measures despite representing an area that is home to the largest mass shooting in American history.

“In Congress, I will bring both Republicans and Democrats together to pass reasonable and responsible gun security measures that make our communities and our families safer, including comprehensive criminal background checks and measures that prevent suspected terrorists on watch lists from buying weapons. It’s just common sense.”

BACKGROUND:

Mica accepted a $1,000 check from the National Rifle Association two days after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. [Florida Politics, 8/22/16]

Stephanie Murphy: John Mica Ignores Bipartisan Calls To Return To Congress To Combat Zika

After at least 14 people have been infected with the Zika virus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning, telling pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami, there has been a bipartisan effort for Congress to return to session to pass a funding measure to combat Zika.

Governor Rick Scott stated: 

“I am profoundly disappointed that Washington does not share in our commitment and has continued to play politics with the health and safety of our families.” 

Candidate for Congress, businesswoman, and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy issued the following statement condemning Congressman Mica for putting politics before the people of Florida:

 “I join the bipartisan calls for Congress to immediately return to session and pass a funding measure to protect Florida families from Zika. Career politician Congressman Mica is choosing to once again stand with the Trump-wing of the Republican Party. He sided with them when he blocked a vote on legislation that would have provided the resources needed to combat Zika. And now he’s ignoring the bipartisan calls to return to session to address this urgent public health crisis. Central Florida deserves results, not more politics as usual.”

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Stephanie Murphy: John Mica Should Denounce Trump and Stand with Gold Star Families

ORLANDO – Donald Trump’s offensive remarks toward Captain Humayun Khan’s family are yet another example of why he would be a dangerous and reckless president. Captain Humayun Khan was an American hero who was tragically killed while bravely serving in Iraq. While Republicans across the country have expressed outrage at Trump’s indefensible attack, Congressman Mica — who has been extremely supportive of Trump — has remained silent. Former POW and Republican Senator John McCain’s statement makes clear that Trump’s comment has offended people across party lines. 

Senator John McCain stated: 

“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement.”

Candidate for Congress and former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy issued the following statement condemning Congressman Mica’s refusal to denounce Trump.

“After working as a national security specialist and planning counterterrorism efforts at the Pentagon, I’ve witnessed the sacrifices made by our military, veterans, and their family members. Donald Trump’s offensive comments demonstrate he would be a dangerous and divisive president. And Congressman Mica’s refusal to denounce Trump demonstrates that he’ll continue to do exactly what he’s done the last 20 years in Congress: play partisan politics. This is disappointing, but not surprising, considering Congressman Mica is a career politician who said he “loved Trump.” 

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NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Raises $126,346 In One Week

ORLANDO – Following her recent entry into the race against embattled GOP incumbent John Mica, Stephanie Murphy today showed why people in Florida and Washington have viewed her as a legitimate threat to unseat Congressman Mica.  Within one week of entering the race, Murphy raised an astounding $126,346 to finish the second quarter fundraising period.  Murphy will report $115,551 in cash on hand.
 
“The enthusiastic response that I have received after entering the race has been extremely humbling,” said Murphy. “It’s evidence that the people of Florida and this district are ready for new leadership in Washington.  I will draw on my business and national security experience to bring common-sense solutions and end the gridlock and dysfunction in Congress.”
 
In striking comparison, Mica raised only $128,000 in the first quarter of this year, only averaging $92,705 per quarter this entire cycle despite FL-7 being a competitive battleground districtLast week, Stephanie Murphy was added to DCCC’s highly competitive Red-to-Blue Program, highlighting her status as a top candidate in a winnable district.
 
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NEWS: Stephanie Murphy Announces Run for Congress in Florida’s 7th District

ORLANDO – Today, Stephanie Murphy announced her campaign for Florida’s 7th Congressional District. Stephanie is a wife, mother, professor, executive and former national security specialist at the Department of Defense who currently lives in Winter Park, Florida.

“My life’s story is a testament to the American Dream and what can happen when hard work is combined with opportunity,” said Murphy. “My family and I were Vietnamese refugees, and my parents worked multiple jobs to provide for our family. My brother and I were the first in our family to go to college thanks to scholarships and Pell Grants. I want to bring my experience to Washington on behalf of Central Florida’s families to create more educational and economic opportunities so that everyone has a chance at the American dream,” said Murphy.

Stephanie was an infant when her parents escaped by boat from the communist regime in Vietnam. Upon earning a degree from the College of William & Mary, she joined Deloitte Consulting.  After 9/11, Stephanie went back to graduate school at Georgetown to follow her heart into public service.  She received a Presidential Management Fellowship, which led her into a number of policy roles at the Department of Defense.  In 2008, Stephanie moved to Orlando to return to a career in business and focus on starting a family.

“It’s clear that families in Central Florida need Washington working on their behalf to create opportunities for them and their children.  With my experience in national security, the business world, and academia, I will bring a strong set of skills and a unique combination of perspectives to Washington to work in the interest of my community,” Murphy continued.

Stephanie is currently a business professor at Rollins College, an executive at Sungate Capital and remains active in her community.  She has worked with numerous organizations and served on both local and national boards, including term membership on the Council of Foreign Relations, and as a volunteer with Support Our Scholars, an organization that helps economically challenged women attend and complete college.