Murphy tapping Clinton donors

Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, is trying to get a fundraising boost by soliciting campaign funds from the people who gave to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

According to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Murphy campaign has rented the Clinton email donor list for $3,644.96.

Although Clinton, now secretary of state, lost the delegate race to Barack Obama, she set fundraising records.

For example, in the five days following Super Tuesday 2008, Clinton generated $10 million in online donations from more than 100,000 donors.

Murphy campaign spokesman Kenny Curran said the Clinton fundraising list has been used “a couple of times” to raise money.

That may have helped the Murphy campaign raise nearly $855,000 in the first quarter of this year. The campaign has $3 million in cash-on-hand as of March 31.

Vincent Moscardelli, a political science professor at the University of Connecticut, said renting the donor list was a shrewd political move.

“Murphy didn’t go into this naïve,” Moscardelli said. “He’s going to leave no stone unturned.”