GOP underdog Lynch, on Fox, claims contribution surge, ‘polling’ leadby George Bennett | March 29th, 2010
We initially missed this Friday appearance by Republican congressional hopeful Ed Lynch on the Fox Business Network in which he says he’s received “probably a thousand percent increase” in contributions since Democrats passed a health care overhaul bill March 21.
Lynch also tells host Stuart Varney that “poling that we’ve done” shows him ahead of heavily favored Democrat Ted Deutch. Deutch’s consultant called that claim “just plain silly.”
Lynch, Deutch and independent Jim McCormick are running in an April 13 special election in Palm Beach-Broward District 19, a Democratic bastion that elected “fire-breathing liberal” Robert Wexler seven times. Wexler stepped down in January to head a Middle East think tank.
Lynch said his contributions spiked after the House passed the legislation March 21 and again after President Obama signed it two days later.
“We’ve got probably a thousand percent increase since the bill was passed on Sunday and then we’ve got about another thousand percent increase since it was signed into law,” Lynch said in the interview.
Lynch explained today that the 1,000 percent — or tenfold — increases refer to the number of people who make contributions on an average day, not to dollar figures.
Lynch was in the middle of taping a TV commercial and said he didn’t have specific numbers.
Lynch reported a meager $40,577 in contributions through Jan. 13 when he filed his last Federal Election Commission report. Deutch raised nearly $1 million by mid-January.
The latest round of campaign finance reports, which cover activity through March 24, are due Thursday. Lynch said he doesn’t know how much money his campaign will report raising.
Since last Thursday, candidates have been required to report to the FEC any contribution of $1,000 or more within 48 hours of receiving it. Lynch hasn’t filed any 48-hour reports. He said his campaign raised about $20,000 over the weekend, mainly through small contributions.
Deutch has filed two 48-hour reports detailing $16,400 in contributions since Thursday.
During his Fox appearance, Varney asked Lynch about polling as the special election approaches.
“Well, the polling that we’ve done has us up. The polling that he’s done has him up slightly,” Lynch said.
Asked today how he knew about Deutch’s polling, Lynch said, “It was a Democrat that told us.”
Deutch consultant Eric Johnson said the Deutch campaign’s polls show Deutch leading. He wouldn’t say by how much.
“His assertion is just plain silly,” Johnson said of Lynch’s claim of a poll that shows him ahead.
Lynch said today that he hasn’t hired a polling firm, but his campaign has made hundreds of phone calls to “super voters” — people with a history of frequent voting — and asked their preference.
“We’re at 60 percent or more when we call randomly and just ask sample questions, being careful not to make it a push poll,” Lynch said. “I make a ton of the calls.”