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October 15, 2005
Byrd adds nearly $1 million to 2006 campaign chest
By Paul J. Nyden
Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s latest campaign reports show he raised $924,000 between
July 1 and Sept. 30, including contributions from well-known West Virginia
business leaders and Republicans.
Financial reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission on Friday
afternoon show Byrd, D-W.Va., raised more than $2.6 million since Jan. 1.
The majority of donations in the last three months came from 12,331
individual donors, who gave an average of $64 each.
This concentration of individual contributions, as opposed to political
action committee donations, is unusual in recent Senate races.
James “Buck” Harless, a Mingo County timber and coal operator, gave Byrd
William and Patricia Bright of Summersville each gave Byrd $2,000. Bright
owns companies including the Land Use Corp., Bright Coal Corp. and Bright Mining
and Land Co.
In recent elections, Harless and Bright have been major donors and active
fundraisers helping Republican candidates for governor and many state
Former Gov. Gaston Caperton, now president of the College Board in New York
City which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), gave Byrd $4,000.
Ellen S. Cappellanti, a lawyer with Jackson Kelly, and Ted Armbrecht Jr., a
Republican who is a Charleston civic leader and environmental advocate, each
gave Byrd $1,000.
Ned Rose, chairman of the Friends of Robert C. Byrd Committee, said, “Support
for Sen. Byrd is coming from all corners of the state, from prominent members of
both political parties and from people of all walks of life: business leaders,
working families, teachers, miners, steelworkers, entrepreneurs, firefighters,
In new FEC filings, Byrd’s campaign reports it spent $330,693 between July
and September, leaving more than $2.3 million cash in hand.
During those three months, Byrd raised $790,091 from individuals and $133,995
from political action committees.
Individual contributions included $185,879 from 462 West Virginians and
$604,212 from 11,869 people living in other states, according to the new FEC
filings. Contributions from out-of-state individual donors averaged $50.91.
Earlier this month, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced she would
not run against Byrd.
The FEC reports available at that time showed Byrd raised $1.7 million during
the first six months the year, while Capito raised less than $500,000.
During the most recent FEC report available then — for April, May and June —
Byrd received $40,000 from Democratic-oriented political action committees,
while Capito received $157,237 from Republican and conservative-oriented PACs.
Capito’s PAC donations included $10,000 from Americans for a Republican
Majority, run by Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who was recently indicted in Texas on
money-laundering and conspiracy charges related to fund-raising activities.
Byrd recently received endorsements from the United Mine Workers of America
and United Auto Workers of America.
To contact staff writer Paul J. Nyden, use e-mail or call 348-5164.