Oklahoma City Council Ward 2 fundraising documents display candidates' differences

City Council candidate Ed Shadid has decided he will not accept donations from special interest groups. His opponent Charlie Swinton, on the other hand, is proud to accept donations from a wide-ranging number of interests.
BY MICHAEL BAKER mbaker@opubco.com Published: March 26, 2011
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The fundraising documents filed Friday for the Oklahoma City Council Ward 2 runoff election next month highlight a big difference between the two remaining candidates.

After the March 1 primary, a field of six was whittled to two. An April 5 runoff between Charlie Swinton, a senior banking officer, and Ed Shadid, a doctor, will determine who will succeed Councilman Sam Bowman.

As of last Sunday, Swinton had collected more than $100,000 and Shadid had raised more than $75,000 in campaign donations.

Shadid has decided to mostly self-finance his campaign. While he has accepted endorsements from the local firefighters and police unions, he has not accepted donations from any political action committee or group. The bulk of his donations are checks he has written his own campaign.

“When a politician receives a large amount of money from a financial benefactor it introduces an element of bias, whether it's conscious or subconscious it makes it difficult for that politician to interpret the data effectively for the taxpayer,” Shadid said. “You don't have to give me money for me to hear your voice.”

Swinton, on the other hand, is proud of the wide-ranging support displayed in fundraising documents. Hundreds of individuals and several businesses, labor and other interest groups have given to his campaign.

“I wish I was a doctor and could write my own checks, but I'm not,” Swinton said. “We're very proud of the fact we have over 300 people that I do I think shows broad-based support throughout the community.”

How much money?

The campaign finance reports, filed with the Oklahoma City clerk's office, cover fundraising through Sunday.

Shadid has raised $78,725 and spent $66,541. Shadid is his own biggest contributor, writing checks to himself for $65,000.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Ward 2 fundraising

The Oklahoma City Council Ward 2 election ended in runoff scheduled for April 5 between bank officer Charlie Swinton and physician Ed Shadid. Both candidates by far raised and spent the most money of the original six candidates in the March 1 election. Swinton and Shadid are continuing to raise and spend money as the April 5 runoff approaches.

Charlie Swinton

Raised: $104,356

Spent: $63,808

Ed Shadid

Raised: $78,725

Spent: $66,541

Janis Powers

Raised: $5,665

Spent: $4,549

Jeffrey Stark

Raised: $2,250

Spent: $1,656

John Milner

Raised: $2,055

Spent: $1,249

Milner's figures are based on reports as of Feb. 13. He had not filed new reports as of 5 p.m. Friday.

Sam Tichenor

Tichenor did not file campaign reports.

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