Swint working for finance/lobby reform
In a recent article in the Gazette questioning Capito's ethics regarding her trading during the financial crisis, Capito's campaign manager Kent Gates attempted to conveniently change the subject. Gates accused Capito's opponent Howard Swint of failing to be transparent and "refusing to file personal and campaign financial information." Gates further said that Swint's campaign is likely to have already spent more than $5,000 in filing fees, websites, ads, yard signs and campaign trips. Being as Gates resides and works in Pittsburgh, I wonder how many "Swint for Congress" yard signs Gates passes on his commute home? I'm guessing not many.
Howard Swint has said many times that he is making his campaign a hallmark for campaign finance and lobby reform. Even though he had yet to reach the $5,000 threshold that requires filing with the FEC, Swint nevertheless submitted the FEC Statement of Organization (Form 1) and FEC Statement of Candidacy (Form 2) on Oct 4. Everything should be available for public review, including the income and expenditure totals that will demonstrate that the campaign has remained under the reporting threshold throughout this election cycle. Swint is well ahead of the required filing deadline contrary to claims from Shelley Capito and her highly paid handler Gates.
As a reminder, "Swint for Congress" consists of dedicated, unpaid volunteers who simply want what's best for their beloved state of West Virginia. In comparison, Capito's campaign committee is run by well paid, out-of-state firms such as Brabender Cox. Swint has also refused to accept corporate or PAC money. As of mid-October, Swint for Congress has spent less than $5,000 while the latest Capito FEC report shows $1.59 million raised, $746,692 spent and a $1.4 million war chest remaining.
Swint's disclosure should hopefully return the discussion back to the multiple breaches of the public trust on Capito's behalf, while returning Howard Swint to the high road. He is actually applying his campaign finance reform principles to a real race for Congress. Swint's campaign is based on the issues and not special interest campaign contributions that fund expensive spokespersons to merely write-off opponents as "liars."
Jamin S. Jones
Republicans say no to a chance to help veterans
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