Health care backlash doesn’t bring big bucks for GOP candidate Lynch; Deutch has 13-to-1 money edgeby George Bennett | April 2nd, 2010
Remember Republican congressional hopeful Ed Lynch’s claim on Fox Business Network last week that he had seen a surge in contributions immediately after the House passed the health care bill?
“We’ve got probably a thousand percent increase since the bill was passed on Sunday (March 21) and then we’ve got about another thousand percent increase when it was finally signed into law (March 23). So it’s been going pretty well…It’s just a national movement that’s gone on,” said Lynch, who’s running in next week’s special election to replace Robert Wexler.
New Federal Election Commission reports, however, tell a less dramatic story….
On an FEC report filed Thursday night, the Lynch campaign didn’t report any contributions on March 21, the day the House passed the bill. There were a pair of $250 contributions on March 22. There were four contributions totaling $3,050 on March 23 and four more contributions totaling $2,720 on March 24, the last day of the reporting period.
That’s a total of $6,270 from 10 donors in the three days after the bill passed.
After his Fox appearance, Lynch said his “thousand percent” increase referred to the number of contributors to his campaign, not dollar figures.
Experienced trackers of FEC reports know that candidates don’t have to itemize gifts of $200 or smaller. So perhaps there was a flood of small contributions to the Lynch campaign.
For the entire reporting period of Jan. 14 to March 24, the Lynch campaign reported $13,132 in unitemized contributions. If one assumes all the unitemized gifts came in last week, Lynch’s total haul in the three days after the health care bill passed would be $19,402.
Democrat Ted Deutch, a supporter of the health care overhaul, itemized 29 contributions totaling $31,250 in the three days after the bill passed. Deutch also reported $18,956 in unitemized contributions for the entire reporting period.
From March 25 through the April 13 special election, candidates must report any contributions of $1,000 or more within 48 hours of receiving them. Lynch filed one such report Thursday listing three contributions that totaled $3,200.
Deutch has filed four 48-hour reports listing $57,700 in receipts over the past week.
Overall, FEC reports show Deutch had a 13-to-1 money advantage over Lynch through last week. Deutch raised more than $1.3 million to Lynch’s $102,723.
No-party candidate Jim McCormick didn’t file an FEC report Thursday night.