Senate hopeful filmed at fundraiser during 'Minimum Wage Challenge'
© Greg Nash

A Republican group filmed Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) at a fundraiser thrown by wealthy supporters on day two of his participation in the “Minimum Wage Challenge.”

Murphy, who is running for the Florida Senate seat being vacated by Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission MORE, has been tweeting scenes from living on Florida's minimum wage of $8.05 an hour, attracting media attention for his efforts.  

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“Far too many people in this country are working full-time jobs yet still living in poverty,” Murphy said in a video he promoted on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

Murphy is among numerous Democrats who have taken part in the challenge to live on the minimum wage. Other lawmakers who taken the challenge have continued to attend fundraisers and campaign events.

“Today, I’m starting the Minimum Wage Challenge, and I’m going to live on what that minimum wage salary would be, off food and travel, and see how difficult it is,” Murphy said.

On Thursday afternoon, Murphy tweeted a photograph of himself using cash to pay for a ticket on Washington’s Metro subway system. 

He wrote, "Day 2 of my Minimum Wage Challenge - take public transit. Rode the DC metro to work this morning.” And on Friday, Murphy tweeted, “Minimum Wage Challenge, Day 3 -- groceries with my $17 daily budget was a challenge. #FLfor15 #FightFor15”

A few hours after sharing the Metro photograph on his congressional social media account, Murphy boarded a plane for Florida and attended a fundraiser at the Tampa home of former City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena and her husband, Mark.

A tracker from the Republican opposition research group America Rising was waiting outside the home and captured Murphy on video leaving the house on Thursday night.

Noting that Murphy left the fundraiser in a car with a driver, Ian Prior, the communications director for Republican groups American Crossroads and the new Senate Leadership Fund, quipped, "minimum wage goes a lot further than I thought!" 

The “Minimum Wage Challenge” campaign, backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is aimed at increasing Florida's minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

SEIU Communications Director Jackie de Carvalho said the group has asked that all elected officials in Florida seeking their endorsement take the challenge. 

"We do not intend for the challenge to cause participants to miss work, suspend their campaigns or interfere with their normal job duties,” Carvalho said.