From The Global Dispatch:
A weekend campaign money bomb, coupled with a generous donation from the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) worked together Monday evening (Nov. 18) to secure Overby’s slot on the ballot for the March 11, 2014 Congressional District (CD) 13 Special Election. This contest will decide who fills the congressional seat left vacant since October’s death of long-time Florida Republican Congressman Bill Young.
Between the fundraiser and the LPF donation, Overby brought in over $12,000, comfortably above the required $10,440 filing fee needed for the Libertarian to be listed along with his Democratic and Republican opponents.
Campaign organizes money bomb after petition drive narrowly misses goal
The Overby Campaign organized the money bomb late Last week, after the petition-drive effort to get Libertarian Party (LP) Candidate Lucas Overby’s name listed alongside the Democrat and Republican fell short by a heartbreaking 19 signatures.
Overby for Congress campaign workers gathered over 1,600 petitions, and submitted in excess of 1,300. However, the Florida Division of Elections (DOE) Office in Tallahassee only approved 1,153; Overby needed 1,172 to earn ballot access.
Florida Libertarians respond quickly to assist Overby Campaign
In less than three days, the fundraiser had already raised over $7,000. Still, this amount was less than the $10,440 needed to ensure ballot access, and time was running out for the LP Candidate.
At 2:30 p.m. Monday, LPF Chairperson Dana Cummings contacted the Executive Committee (EC) officers about what was still needed to get Overby on the March 11 ballot. Cummings proposed donating $3,000 to the campaign. Jared Grifoni, At-Large-Representative One for the LPF, made the motion to approve the donation. Region 12 Representative Elsa Martinez quickly seconded the proposal.
Within 90 minutes, the EC had approved the campaign contribution needed to bring Overby over the $10,440 filing-fee threshold, and secure the young Pinellas County Libertarian would have equal ballot access in next year’s CD 13 Special Election. This donation from the LPF, combined with the $9,000 raised in the money bomb (as of early Tuesday morning), equals $12,000 raised by Overby Campaign in a three-day period.
Learn more about the Lucas Overby and the LPF
For more information on the Lucas Overby for Congress Campaign, please visit his website and Facebook page. To learn more about the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF), please visit the party’s website and Facebook page.