Democratic fundraiser Richard Swann of Florida dead at 79

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Richard Swann, a Democratic Party fundraiser and President Jimmy Carter's former finance chair, has died at age 79.

Swann's son-in-law, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, confirmed the death on Twitter Wednesday.

McAuliffe tweeted, "We lost a great one today ... A great father-in-law and my best friend of 40 years."

The Orlando Sentinel reports Swann died after suffering a heart attack at his Winter Park, Florida law office.

Swann helped raise millions of dollars for Democratic candidates over five decades. Among them were former President Bill Clinton, 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who currently is Florida's only statewide elected Democrat.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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