The chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, who was involved in a scheme to submit fraudulent absentee ballot requests also did work for U.S. Rep Patrick Murphy's, D-Jupiter, campaign but wasn't involved in absentee ballots in that race, according to Murphy's office.
Jeffrey Garcia produced videos for Murphy's campaign website in his successful 2012 race against Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West in a newly drawn district in Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast.
But Garcia had nothing to do with voter outreach including absentee ballot requests, said Eric Johnson, Murphy's lead campaign consultant and now his Congressional chief of staff.
"It was a very minor role in the campaign," Johnson said.
No one from Murphy's campaign has been contacted by law enforcement, Johnson said.
Murphy's campaign paid Jeffrey Garcia's company, Palm Media, about $24,000 for video production or media production services in 2011-12, federal election commission records show. Murphy raised about $4.8 million while West about $19.4 million.
U.S. Rep. Garcia quickly dismissed his chief of staff who had also been his chief political strategist.