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Health care backlash doesn’t bring big bucks for GOP candidate Lynch; Deutch has 13-to-1 money edge

by 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.

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17 Responses to “Health care backlash doesn’t bring big bucks for GOP candidate Lynch; Deutch has 13-to-1 money edge”

  1. Balloteer Says:

    Deutch=jew

  2. Stan Says:

    Balloteer = typical right wing bigot

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  4. average joe Says:

    SO THE POST IS EDITING AND DELETING COMMENTS HERE NOW? I SAID NOTHING OVER THE LINE, JUST THINGS YOU DONT LIKE, BUT I SPEAK THE TRUTH.

    YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

  5. average joe Says:

    BTW GEORGE, YOU ARE A PUNK HACK, LET YOUR PERSONAL PROBLEMS WITH ED GO TRY SOME REAL JOURNALISM FOR ONCE. NO WONDER THE PB POST IS DYING. ENJOY UNEMPLOYMENT. LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE SICK OF READING THE SAME GARBAGE WEEK AFTER WEEK FROM YOU. YOU ARE GOING TO LOOK LIKE SUCH A FOOL WHEN HE WINS.

  6. George Bennett Says:

    “Average Joe” –

    I didn’t delete your original post, but I suspect your use of a seven-letter expletive got flagged by our system. Feel free to comment again without that word and my guess is it’ll remain on the blog.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

    – George Bennett, a/k/a “Punk Hack”

  7. Wellescent Health Forums Says:

    While the Republicans would like to think that contributions would rise in light of the passage of the bill, their failure to prevent its passage is a factor in the minds of those who would otherwise support them. Add to that that they have largely changed their minds with respect to promoting a repeal of the bill and they have confused their supporters. Few are interested in supporting a failing and disorganized team.

  8. Robert Says:

    I find it amusing that someone would attack the columnist’s credibility simply because they are a supporter of the candidate in question. I read all of my news from the Post online, and I only see this kind of behavior in the political section. It seems to me Mr. Bennett’s article is based on cold hard numbers, not opinion. Attacking Mr. Bennett on a personal level is neither constructive nor appropriate.

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  13. Don't Drink the Cool Aid Says:

    I cannot believe that Deutch even has a chance at getting elected. Considering he supports Obamacare and Cap N Trade. Do his constituents believe he’ll be good for their future? Wake Up Palm Beach, your medicare/cad will be reduced and he’ll spend your money before you earn it.

  14. Martin Matthews Says:

    I think it is very important to take great heed in where a candidate gets their campaign monies from. Take Ted Deutch for example. With all that “Big Money, Special Interest” campaign donations, who do you think Ted will repay? We the people? Ted has already been bought. Put him in office and he will pay them back with earmarks. Ed Lynch on the other hand gets his donations from real people. Guess who he is going to pay back? We the people. Its just that simple. Ed Lynch is “OUR” politician, not wall streets.

  15. Nike Miller Says:

    Do you really think Ted will work for you if he’s elected to Congress? Look at his FEC report and you’ll see who he supports: SEIU, UAW, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer and other big unions. If you want someone that will represent the PEOPLE of District 19, vote for EDWARD LYNCH! http://www.electlynch.com

  16. Jon Says:

    Oh my, You mean Ed Lynch lied again? On National TV no less? Wow, I am so shocked.

    This guy is the slimiest liar and his pathetic whining is an embarrassment to our district. I really think some of you have such blind hate for Deutch and the Democrats that you cannot see who and what Lynch really is. Lynch is the epitome of slick and deceitful politician.

    1000 times more in donations? So let me get this straight, if he only received $100 in donations beforehand that means he received $100,000 the day after?!? AMAZING! Oh then he received another 1000 percent bump? No really? That’s akin to the immaculate conception! so let me take my shoes off for this math…

    Wow, that means he made $1,000,000,000 in the couple of days after that? Yes people, that number is one BILLION dollars.

    Naw, Mr. Lynch isn’t prone to exaggeration and hyperbole, we should blindly believe everything he says. Democrats evil, HERETICS! Heretics I tell you!

    Sarcasm aside, this joker can’t even run his own affairs in a truthful manner as is evidenced by his debts to the IRS and others and he expects me to trust him in running the federal affairs of our district? Pass.

    I am not even a democrat but it doesn’t take a genius to see he is simply stoking fear and hate to try and win votes. Pathetic Mr. Lynch, pathetic.

  17. RVS4 Says:

    Ted Deutch is for real.. He is a real reprehensive of what government is all about.

    I called his office with a problem I was having; his office had no idea if I was a Liberal, Conservative, Tea Party fan or Independent…. Yet they helped me within one hour with direction and answers… they called me back, I did not have to chase them.

    So > “Nike Miller” YES, I not only believe he will work for the people, I have experienced it first hand…

    So > “Don’t drink the Kool Aid” Obamacare and Cap N Trade ARE for the “people”… your just not smart enough to realize it.

    In the USA, not your fantasy land, the folks “we the people” vote in are supposed to vote for what they believe is best for their district. Ted Deutch does just that.

    So > “Nike Miller” Who are these so-called “people” Lynche will support… It is obvious the “people” of Florida wanted Pres. Obama … he won the state.
    The “people’ you speak of obviously don’t support Lynch with their money… The “people” of Palm Beach obviously do want Ted Deutch and speak with their vote and donations.

    And lastly “Nike Miller” you really don’t speak for the “people”, their are WAY more “popple” who voted for a progressive change then vote for loudmouths with posters of the President with a target on his face as well as his children and wife. What kind of “people” do you support ??

    So > “Average Joe” Get an education… you already have a big mouth, why not expand your brain?? Give it a try.

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