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Libertarian Eric Sundwall enters the 20th Congressional District race

Sundwall, a 41-year-old information technology consultant from Niverville, is the state Libertarian Party chairman. Though he has never held elected office, he did take a stab at the 20th in 2006, when he didn't have enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot. His father served on the Kinderhook Town Board for eight years.

Sundwall also hosts the cable access political commentary program "Capital Outsider," and makes a digital splash through blogging and holding a YouTube presence.

He said he is strongly opposed to the federal recovery package and advocates for fiscal conservatism, suggesting such measures as a reduction in military spending (coupled with a withdrawal of troops from foreign lands), a repeal of the 18-cent federal gas tax and spending and tax cuts.

In other special election news, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has released a schedule indicating when candidates in the 20th Congressional District special election must disclose their campaign finances to the federal watchdog.

The pre-general reporting period will run until March 11, and candidates must have filed their reports by March 19.

Any contributions received between March 12 and March 28 must be reported to the FEC within 48 hours of receipt. The candidates are required to report all campaign contributions and expenditures.

In normal election years, there are several reporting periods. The truncated nature of this special election does not provide time for multiple reports before the polls open, though.

The FEC post information from the reports it receives on its Web site, www.fec.gov.

November's race between Kirsten Gillibrand and Sandy Treadwell was one of the most expensive Congressional contests in the nation, with about $11.5 million spent between the two campaigns.""

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