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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Swinton has raised $104,356 and spent $63,808. At least $13,000 raised can attributed to PACs or other special interest groups.

Swinton's totals do not include money spent by the Committee for Oklahoma City Momentum, which is making independent expenditures in running its own campaign in support of the candidate.

So far, Oklahoma City Momentum has spent more than $400,000 running campaigns supporting Swinton and three other candidates, according to documents filed late Friday.

Where the money comes from

Swinton and Shadid defended their different fundraising philosophies.

Swinton's top contributors were the Chesapeake Oklahoma PAC and Aubrey McClendon, chief executive of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., each of which gave Swinton $5,000. Larry J. Nichols, executive chairman and chief executive of Devon Energy Corp., also gave $5,000.

Other PAC contributions to Swinton include $3,000 from the Oklahoma City Retired Firefighters, $2,000 from the Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association PAC, $1,000 from the Southwest Laborers District Council PAC and $500 from the Cox Communications PAC.

“I think as people have heard where we stand on the issues, they're willing to step up,” Swinton said. “I don't have financial resources to fund the campaign myself, so I have to raise the money.”

While Shadid himself had supplied his campaign with nearly 83 percent of its money, four other donors, contributing a total of $2,750, also have the last name Shadid.

“I want to hear everybody's proposals,” he said. “Everybody will know I haven't taken any money from any of their competing interest either.”


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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