COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign contributors include former U.S. President George W. Bush and former U.S. secretaries of state, including a Nobel Prize winner.
Bush contributed $5,000 to Graham’s 2014 re-election campaign, according to the Seneca Republican’s most recent campaign finance report with the U.S. Senate.
“I am extremely grateful and honored to have President George W. Bush’s support. With every passing day, Americans appreciate more and more President Bush’s clarity on the War on Terror and his strong support of the private sector,” Graham said in a statement.
“It was a privilege to work with him during his two terms to cut taxes, confirm conservative judges, build a strong military and grow the Republican Party,” Graham continued. “One thing I appreciate most about President Bush is that he was a bold leader willing to tackle the most important and difficult issues of our time. This type of bold leadership is missing in Washington today.
“President and Mrs. Bush are tremendously respected and admired by South Carolina Republicans. South Carolina is – and always will be – Bush Country.”
Graham raised $1.2 million from July to September and has nearly $7 million in cash to spend on his 2014 race.
Graham’s three announced challengers in June's GOP primary -- state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, Easley businessman Richard Cash and Charleston public relations executive Nancy Mace -- have less than $500,000 to spend combined. One Democrat, Jay Stamper of Columbia, also has announced he will run for the seat now held by Graham.
Bloomberg News political reporter Gregory Giroux first tweeted about Graham’s contributions Wednesday.
Other contributors to Graham’s campaign to date for the 2014 election include:
• $10,400 -- Henry Paulson, chairman of the Paulson Institute. Paulson, U.S. treasury secretary under President Bush, spent 32 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was chairman and chief executive officer.
• $7,600 -- George Shultz, U.S. secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan and now a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
• $1,000 -- Henry Kissinger, U.S. secretary of state under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and a Nobel Prize winner.
• $500 -- Paul Wolfowitz, a former president of the World Bank and U.S. deputy secretary of defense under President Bush. Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
• $250 -- Andrew Natsios, a professor at Texas A&M University, who was administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development during part of Bush’s presidency.
McClatchy Washington Bureau staff writer James Rosen contributed.