On Monday evening Libertarian Party Candidate Lucas Overby surprised Republicans and Democrats by raising the required $10,440 to file for Florida’s 13th Congressional District’s Special Election on March 11th. Overby’s campaign raised the needed funds shortly after finding out that they ended up being 19 petition signatures short from earning ballot access.
“What we decided to do at that point was run a fundraiser over the weekend to be able to buy our way onto the ballot,” said Overby. “We had about $150 in the bank Friday night when we started and we had to raise $10,440 over the weekend.”
Overby’s campaign was able to raise the needed funds by collecting mostly small donations of about $63 on average through the three day money bomb and then the Libertarian Party of Florida donated $3,000 in order to make sure that the goal was reached.
According to Overby, “We raised about $9,000 on our own through the money bomb and only one person that donated maxed out their donations.”
When Overby was asked if he was surprised that there was so much support he said, “I was thankful that the year’s worth of work paid off.”
The Overby campaign began the race last February to challenge Congressman Bill Young. Shortly after Congressman Bill Young passed away, those running had to enter the race through a special election cycle where candidates were given 2 weeks to either submit the filing fee or turn in the petition signatures needed to get ballot access.
Could Lucas Overby Become A Spoiler?
Overby became a member of the Libertarian Party when he was 17 years old. When asked about why he would join one of the two major parties he said, “Neither party quite represents where I am as an individual or as a candidate. The Libertarian Party allows me to present who I am as a person a lot better than the other two parties.”
This news comes in just weeks after Libertarian Candidate Robert Sarvis made headlines for being a spoiler in this year’s election for Governor in the state of Virginia.
You may remember that BenSwann.com posted a video on November 8th titled, “Are Libertarians creating “Chaos” in Elections?”. The question we have now is how many times will the Ron Paul money bomb strategy be used help third party candidates get ballot access?
When Overby was asked about where he first learned about the money bomb strategy, he immediately mentioned the historical Ron Paul money bomb during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The History of the Money Bomb Strategy
Many still remember that back in 2007 the first campaign money bomb in history put together for Ron Paul by a 37-year-old music promoter named Trevor Lyman. The money bomb on November 5th raised $4.2 million for Ron Paul’s campaign and greatly surprised many in the Republican Party who were hoping that Dr. Paul would not be able to raise the funds needed to run a serious campaign.