Rep. Poe Falsely Claimed "Over A Million" Attended 9-12 Rally

September 15, 2009 1:08 pm ET — Chris Harris

Unsurprisingly, Rep. Ted Poe continues to inflate crowd estimates for the 9-12 Taxpayer March on Washington.

Not Quite, Sir

While speaking on the floor of the House, Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe claimed that the 9-12 Taxpayer March on Washington saw "over a million" people protest in our nation's capital.

That's not true.  Not even close.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times:

Although no official crowd estimates were issued, local officials and an expert indicated the number was more likely under 100,000, still a sizable turnout.

Farouk El-Baz, a Boston University research professor and expert on crowd estimation, said his informal research from press coverage indicated 75,000 as the peak number. Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire Department, said he made an unofficial estimate of 60,000 to 70,000 at the beginning of the event.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said Saturday that ridership figures indicated an extra 87,000 people took the subway all day, a significant increase over the 350,000 average.

So while there's no way to know the exact number of attendees, it was nowhere near a million. Nice try, Congressman.

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