When it comes to political contributions for a Pennsylvania Democratic congressman, one might expect to see manufacturing companies, perhaps labor unions high on the list. But high-fashion brands?
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) received $4,800 this past election cycle from Gucci, one of the world's most exclusive, and expensive, designer brands. According to OpenSecrets.org, Gucci was the 49th largest contributor (along with 15 other companies also ranked 49th) to Murphy's campaign in 2009-2010.
But despite this high-fashion donor, few would accuse Murphy of being one of the more dapper members of Congress: he doesn't sport Rep. Earl Blumenauer's (R-Ore.) bow ties, or Rep. Charles Rangel's (D-N.Y.) carefully coordinated cravats and pocket squares.
In fact, Murphy wore jeans on the House floor (a no-no, by House rules) during the late-night healthcare reform vote last month.
Which begs the question, were they Gucci jeans?
Asked about the donation, Murphy (shown here, in khaki pants and a blazer) told ITK, "If a guy from a rowhouse in Northeast Philly and Gucci can agree on something, I've got to think there's hope for Congress yet."