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Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld to help raise campaign money for Pantano, other veterans

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Ilario Pantano is getting some big-name help raising money for his Congressional campaign. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will attend a fundraiser for Pantano and other veterans in Washington, DC, later this month.

Rumsfeld will take part in the event April 16 hosted by Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans for Congress, a conservative veterans group. The reception will be at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington.

"There is no greater honor than to have received the encouragement of the former Secretary of Defense," Pantano said in a statement. "We are humbled that Secretary Rumsfeld would make the time and the effort to single out our race for support,” said Ilario Pantano.

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