April Polling Results – Fourth Congressional

May 4, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

SC 4th Congressional Poll Results

SC 4th Congressional Poll Results - April 2010

The results are in from our poll on the 4th Congressional District through the end of April.  As you can see the front runners in our poll has become even more clear compared to our previous poll, which had a three way tie for 2nd.

Some polling data that has been floated our way from the campaigns appears to match up with what our readers are saying (of course that is every source besides the Jeffrey campaign who is the anomaly).

What I find most interesting in this poll though is the lack of support for Jeffrey.  Her team has been flooding our website with comments, but as the case in campaigns back, just because your the loudest doesn’t mean you have all the support.

We also know that Congressman Inglis’ crew doesn’t really care for The Conservativist.  I supposedly write scurrilous things about him here, which may be deflating his support, but that does not explain the the trending from our sources.

With that said, here is a quick update on the campaigns and a few opinions, in alphabetical order.

Trey Gowdy

We have started seeing Gowdy’s television ads in the evenings and he appears to have the lead in signage placements (if you consider that a determining factor).  The tit-for-tat between Inglis & Gowdy appears to be heating up more so and with several key debates left (forums, we don’t have real debates), I only expect this to intensify.

Bob Inglis

If our polls are any indication, Inglis $43K outdoor advertising campaign is flopping.  Inglis claims he has always knocked on doors, which he has, but never to the extent he has this election cycle.  Inglis was in Boiling Springs this past Saturday.  Unfortunately, I was unable to see what kind of turn out he had at the Clock to go door knocking during the afternoon hours (Wife had places she wanted to go, couldn’t hang around an extra 15 minutes after lunch).

Christina Jeffrey

She may be the biggest whiner in the contest.  Constantly playing the victim card every time we turn around, it is getting a little old.  I guess that is common sense politics for the “Common Sense Grandma.”

The most recent is an incident the night before the Tea Parties where she claims she was prevented from attending a ticketed event and “a fix was in” comment by the organizing individual, Roan Garcia-Quintana.

We’ve heard both sides of the story and honestly, it appears the two parties need to get their panties out of a wad.  You can read about it on SCHotline, here and here, but I suggest you remember the 2008 Doug Wavel incident before continuing to read these stories.

Jim Lee

Jim Lee’s candidacy is a tough one to figure out.  Pure grassroots, little money and a big name supporter.  Col. David Hunt from FOX News came to the upstate to campaign for Lee.  Sources say it was pretty successful.

Concerning Jeffrey’s latest claims that Lee was in attendance at the alleged event above, Lee told us that was not possible.  He was hosting a dinner with Col. David Hunt that night for the duration of the event.

David Thomas

David Thomas’ campaign is out there. I have not had the opportunity to speak with him much, but he was helpful in getting me some information about an issue in Fountain Inn recently.  What most disturbs me with Thomas is his position to mandate that all new houses be equipped with a sprinkler system.  According to the Post & Courier, Thomas stated that there would be potential insurance increases on the people in the state if this mandate is not passed.

At first glance, I’m very skeptical of a sprinkler mandate, but I will be curious to see how the other campaigns take his position and run with it as an infringement on our personal liberties.

4th Congressional 2010 April Filings

April 16, 2010 by  
Filed under News

Ladies and Gentleman, the first quarter of 2010 has come to an end.  Look and see how your candidates are doing and vote in the poll below!

Bob Inglis

Donors: 132 itemized non-PAC donors $67,136.82
Contributions:  $103,837.82
Expenses:  $163,306.26
Cash on Hand:  $246,810.15

Inglis received a ton of money from PAC’s this quarter including CH2M Hill, Boeing, Caterpillar, Microsoft and the NRA.

Inglis also spent $81,000 at Brains on Fire in Greenville for various marketing strategies.  One of those expenses was for his outdoor marketing campaign ($49,000) that, in my opinion, sucks.  You see a billboard but don’t even know who it belongs to because his name is so small.  Inglis’ wife also pocketed $6,233 from the campaign as her salary.

Trey Gowdy

Donors: 200 itemized donors contributed $83,163.39
Contributions:  $97,297.39
Expenses:  $113,220.00
Cash on Hand:  $188,727.13

Gowdy’s largest expenses went to Warren Tompkins associates in Columbia; First Tuesday Strategies, On the Mark and Under the Power Lines collected $41,354.

If you are looking for a money battle for this seat, it is between Gowdy and Inglis.

Christina Jeffrey

Donors: 12 itemized donors  ($3,810)
Contributions:  $7,176.10
Expenses:  $16,539.55
Cash on Hand:  $6,897.83

Jeffrey spent $9,000 with Mountain Media based out of NJ for her radio ad and a survey.  Other expenses went to the Boiling Springs Tea Party (Upstate Printing & Publishing) in the amount of $1,541 and filing fees with the SCGOP.

Jeffrey has caught a lot of hell this quarter.  From her lying about who she voted for President in 2008 to being called about by another former campaign manager who claims she is now on #6.  Number six by the way is Dean Allen, who was unsuccessful at raising money for his run at Adjutant General.

Needless to say, she is sliding fast, only 3 of her listed donors this last quarter were from within the district.

Jim Lee

Donors: 18 itemized donors ($8,250)
Contributions:  $10,780.00
Expenses:  $12,887.08
Cash on Hand:  $2,039.65

Fundraising for the Lee campaign has picked up some with Jeffrey’s relevations coming to light.  With that said though, Lee only has $2,000 on hand and has debt due to Dark Horse Strategy Group for $7,767.

Most of Lee’s expenses were paid out to Dark Horse for consulting and materials ($7,661) and the SCGOP for his campaign filing fee.  They announced the hiring of a fundraiser earlier this quarter and Col. David Hunt has come to visit to.  Lee needs to pick up his fund raising efforts to help earn attention or he is in serious trouble.

David Thomas

Donors:  48 itemized donors ($27,900)
Contributions:  $29,390.00
Expenses:  $73,740.08
Cash on Hand:  $46,823.58

As we suspected earlier this year, Thomas spent a ton of money on advertising with WHNS, WYFF and WSPA.  How much?  $41,743  Considering the contributions he pulled, it doesn’t look like his Olympic advertising was all that successful.  Thomas has about $3,000 in loans out due to himself as well.

On the questionable front, Thomas received donations from Larry Marchant ($2400) who has been in some heat recently for, say drunk driving?  We don’t know Marchant personally but we have seen his name in the blogs recently.  Don’t know how this will affect Thomas in the end though.

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Lee Campaign Going After Sign Thiefs

April 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Press Release

April 13, 2010 (Mauldin, SC) –  The Jim Lee for Congress campaign has announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) stealing campaign signs in the Upstate.

“Unfortunately, this sort of behavior is almost expected during a campaign, but this level of sign removal goes beyond usual tactics. It is escalating each week as we put out more signs,” stated Jim Lee. “It has become obvious to supporters that our campaign is being specifically targeted as we receive calls and emails nearly every day of signs being stolen out of their own front yards.”

Signs in Jim Lee’s front yard were stolen twice Easter week.

Other reports of missing signs are coming in from across the district from volunteers who put out signs and are noticing that all other candidate’s signs are still there. “Only Jim Lee’s were missing,” has been stated by several volunteers.

One volunteer hearing of the reward this morning stated, “$2500!! I’ve got coffee and a camera and I’m good to go!!”

The Lee Campaign will also offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons(s) responsible for hacking into the campaign website over Easter weekend causing the website to be down for several days. The campaign has not yet determined an amount or offered further details as they are still investigating the incident.

“Timing would indicate it is likely the same individuals involved in stealing the signs and hacking the website,” stated campaign consultant Kerry Wood, “We would also like to encourage any would-be sleuths to avoid confrontation with those responsible. Get your evidence; physical description of individuals responsible, vehicle description and license plate, and take video or photographs if possible. Then contact local law enforcement and our campaign at 688-2500.”

For more information on Jim Lee for Congress, please visit
www.JimLeeForCongress.com

CONTACT:
Kerry Wood
Phone:  864.921.6205
Email:  Kerry@DHSG.us

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Jim Lee and Col. David Hunt in Greenville Friday Night

April 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Events

Col. David Hunt will be coming to Upstate South Carolina this week to campaign for Jim Lee in the highly contested and heated 4th Congressional race.  Lee and Hunt will be in Greenville Friday, April 16th, for heavy hor d’oeuvre at The Garden House Bed and Breakfast .  Details are below.

Time:
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location:
The Garden House Bed and Breakfast
302 South Main Street
Simpsonville, SC  29681

Cost:
$500 per person

Information:
Campaign HQ at 864-688-2500
Kerry Wood at 864-921-6205
Donna Hicks at 864-804-2474
Visit www.JimLeeForCongress.com

RSVP:
Hunt@JimLeeForCongress.com

Jim Lee and Col. David Hunt in Spartanburg Friday

April 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Events

Col. David Hunt will be coming to Upstate South Carolina this week to campaign for Jim Lee in the highly contested and heated 4th Congressional race.  Lee and Hunt will be in Spartanburg Friday, April 16th, for lunch at the Summit Pointe Conference Center.  Details are below.

Time:
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location:
Summit Pointe
805 Spartan Boulevard
Spartanburg, SC 29301

Cost:
$25 per person

Information:
Campaign HQ at 864-688-2500
Kerry Wood at 864-921-6205
Donna Hicks at 864-804-2474
Visit www.JimLeeForCongress.com

RSVP:
Hunt@JimLeeForCongress.com

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