ONLY ON 3: Election filings show Pantano Campaign has only $8,900 in cash

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The latest filing with the Federal Election Commission shows Republican Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano's campaign has only $8,912.24 cash on hand.

Pantano's campaign spent more than $93,000 between October 1 and December 31, 2011 and nearly $275,000 since he announced his run for office. The report also says the campaign is in debt more than $51,000. He raised $65,000 the final quarter of the year.

Pantano's primary opponent, state Sen. David Rouzer, has more than $221,000 cash on hand, spent almost $54,000 the last three months of last year and is only in debt $6,400. He raised $83,000.

"FEC filings released today show that 2010 conservative GOP nominee Ilario Pantano has surged 10 percent in his best fundraising quarter of 2011," Pantano's campaign said in a statement this afternoon. "Pantano's momentum is noteworthy, as his opponent, lobbyist David Rouzer, has seen his support fall off 60 percent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter in 2011."

Rouzer had a different spin.

"Congress does not need another deficit spender," Rouzer said in a statement. "Ilario Pantano's FEC reports reveal he would fit right in with the deficit spenders in Congress. His latest campaign report showed he has only $8,912 cash on hand – with over $50,000 in debt – after spending more than $93,000 in the last quarter.

"It is interesting that Pantano continues to pay himself expenses before he pays his debts to the small businesses he owes. Just like in Congress, Pantano is sticking the little guy with the bill while taking care of himself."

Rouzer is referring to documents in the FEC report that show Pantano loaned the campaign money a couple of times and also paid himself from campaign donations.

Click here to see who donated what to Pantano and how he spent the money

Click here to see who donated what to Rouzer and how he spent the money

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What ever happened to the dogs he stole?

I won't bother to beat around the bush and be politically correct, because that is one of the reasons this country is almost a socialist one. Now, why do you lie about the dogs, because you know john brown well the Pantano family paid for the dogs? Our country is going to the dogs, and you want to lie about some dogs. Get a life and pay attention to the real issues we are facing. If you would speak the truth, you would admit that Pantano is a man of honor, courage and commitment. He loves the United States of America and anybody that knows anything at all, will admit to that.

God not another election year having to hear this jerk-offs name over and over!!!

Ilario Pantano: Brought to you by the same idiots that gave us Brian Berger. They're both with imaginary friends at a tea party.

Wow, all the stats show that Pantano is already creaming the competition so what does Rouzer do - lie, lie, lie! Rouzer is running scared, he can't even run on his own record so he has to twist the meaning of the Pantano campaign's financials to paint him as some sort of huge spender. It's totally ridiculous and the Rouzer campaign knows it.

Do your RESEARCH on this story guys. Look at FEC.GOV and look at how many individuals donated to the Pantano and to the Rouzer campaign. PANTANO is GrassRoots and Rouzer is big Agro
PANTANO = 946 individual donations
Rouzer = 212 individual donations

Then look at how much per donation, you will see that Pantano is Not Establishment and is the TEA PARTY Candidate.... his money is GRASSROOTS.

ROUZER 3 months ago had 193,000 and now boasts 221,000....... that seems like there is only 18,000 that came into his campaign in the past three months......
WHY IS THIS? The individual finds Rouzer TOXIC after finding out that he supports AMNESTY for ILLEAGALS and has fundraisers with LIBERAL LOBBYISTS.....
Need I go on?

DO YOUR HOMEWORK PEOPLE! Put aside, for a moment, your bias and do your research on the candidates and follow the truth no matter where it goes. Listen to the candidates and make the judgement that fits your belief system.

It seems obvious that David Rouzer has felt his support dwindling, else he wouldn't be responding to this report in this manner.

David Rouzer is a wealthy man. He has wealthy friends. His contributors looks like a "who's who" list of big agriculture, big politics and big lobbyists. His first press release after announcing bragged about his fund raising. I see that his announcements haven't changed.

Rouzer states that "Congress does not need another deficit spender". Yet, he assumes that we need and want him; a career politician and lobbyist who lobbied for Ted Kennedy's amnesty bill.

While Rouzer was feathering his nest with Ted Kennedy, Ilario Pantano was serving this nation in Iraq. Pantano, the son of a legal immigrant, has received the endorsement of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) who is on the front lines fighting against illegal immigration.

I think that David Rouzer is a politician for hire to the guys with the most money and influence. He's made a career of doing that, I've seen no evidence of him, or his political cronies changing their old habits.

Why should we be surprised that Pantano has paid himself but owes others close to $50,000?! Isn't Running For Congress the only job he's had in the last 3 yrs? I thought real conservatives believe in being a gainfully employed member of the community??? I suppose Pantano doesn't believe in being productive. If this districtt is so foolish as to elect this guy, best of luck moving forward.

Amazing how uninformed people are, or do they just try to elevate themselves by lying about a man of honor, courage and commitment because they are jealous? Pantano just re-released his Warlords Book, Saved by Grace, is a freelance writer, just last week had his work published in National Review, currently in process of writing another book, public speaker and the list goes on. This man could be a miillionaire if money was the driver. His congress run is not predicated on job and money, like his opponents, but of love of God and country. Need I say more?