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Swint files campaign finance report with FEC

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Howard Swint, the Democratic candidate running for Congress against incumbent Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, filed his financial expenses report with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

Candidates running for the House or the Senate must file expense reports once their campaign fundraising tops $6,000.

During the period between Feb. 1 and Sept. 20, 2012, the Swint for Congress Committee reported receiving $6,071 in contributions and spending $4,071 -- leaving $2,000 in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Swint, a Charleston real-estate broker, reported receiving campaign donations from only two individuals, totaling $800:

  • Rudolph DiTrapano, a Charleston lawyer, contributed $500.
  • David Callaghan -- director of the state Department of Natural Resources between 1977 and 1983, when Jay Rockefeller was governor, and director of the Division of Environmental Protection between 1991 and 1995, when Gaston Caperton was governor -- gave $300.
  • The other $5,271 of campaign receipts were all in-kind contributions Swint made to his own campaign.

    Capito's latest FEC report was filed on July 15, covering her campaign finances as of June 30. Capito reported receiving nearly $1.6 million in contributions during the current 2011-12 election cycle.

    Capito's campaign has spent $557,745 during the current cycle and has more than $1.4 million in cash on hand, according to her most recent FEC report. She won her first election for Congress in 2000 and has been re-elected every two years since.

    Swint's campaign expenditures of $4,071 included the $1,740 congressional filing fee he paid on Feb. 15.

    Swint's campaign expenses also have included $1,756 for campaign yard signs, $500 for brochures, $50 in postage fees and $25 for copying documents.

    Earlier this year, in the May 8 Democratic primary for Congress, Swint won 48.3 percent of the vote, defeating Dugald Brown and William McCann.

    Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjnyden@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.


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