Democrat Deutch has huge money lead in race for Wexler’s old congressional seatby George Bennett | January 22nd, 2010
Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch has piled up nearly $1 million in campaign contributions for the race and spent $684,578 while his rival in the Feb. 2 Democratic primary, Ben Graber, says he has raised and spent around $100,000.
In the GOP primary, contractor Ed Lynch reports that he has raised $59,277, including $19,500 of his own money, and spent $50,175. But Lynch’s report says he has $84,455 in cash on hand because of money carried over from his losing 2008 campaign.
Republican candidate Joe Budd raised $23,142, including $10,000 of his own money. A third GOP candidate, Curt Price, raised $2,411 from contributors and kicked in $53,500 of his own money.
The primary winners and no-party candidate Jim McCormick will run in an April 13 special general election.
Reports were due Thursday night covering contributions and expenditures through Jan. 13. From Jan. 14 until the primary, candidates are required to report gifts of $1,000 or more within 48 hours of receiving them.
Deutch, who raised $923,772 through Jan. 13, has reported another $72,700 in contributions since then. None of the other candidates has filed a 48-hour report.
Graber had not filed an FEC report as of mid-day today, but estimated he has raised and spent about $100,000, including about $35,000 of his own money.
Deutch’s spending includes $193,000 for advertising buys and more than $88,000 to various consultants. Even after all the expenditures, his campaign had $239,194 cash on hand.