Swint says he'll accept no PAC money in Congress race
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Howard Swint, a commercial real estate broker in Charleston, said he will accept no "special-interest donations" to help fund his race as the Democratic challenger to Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
"There's only one special-interest group that I will represent. That is the Second Congressional constituency and our children and grandchildren," Swint said during a campaign speech in Shepherdstown this week.
Swint said he is accepting campaign contributions only from individuals.
A longtime advocate of campaign finance reform, Swint said he plans to stick to his principles, even though it is likely major amounts of outside special-interest money will help fund Capito's campaign.
Those contributions will come partly as the result of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in January 2010 that allows corporations to make unlimited contributions to political campaigns, often anonymously.
"That is wrong," Swint said. "I would support a constitutional amendment limiting the amount corporations or [political action committees] can spend in elections and requiring candidates to reveal their donors."
Swint spoke at campaign events and rallies in Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs and Charles Town, as well as Shepherdstown, during a three-day visit to the Eastern Panhandle.
During his campaign appearances, Swint told supporters that he:
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