Sheheen posts $1.7 million on hand, Haley has $4.5 million for campaign

The Associated PressJuly 11, 2014 

— Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen has $1.7 million for his rematch with Gov. Nikki Haley, who touts a campaign-record fundraising quarter that boosted her available cash to nearly $4.5 million.

Campaign reports filed late Thursday show Sheheen’s campaign raised more than $500,000 in the quarter that ended July 1, while Haley raised twice as much. More people actually contributed to Sheheen, D-Camden, but with smaller amounts.

More than 140 people gave Haley $3,500 last quarter. That’s the maximum amount a donor can give for an election. Nearly one-fourth of Haley’s donations were at least $1,000.

Sheheen received the maximum amount from 29 people, representing just 1 percent of the donations he received. Seven percent of his were at least $1,000.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said the governor’s campaign is excited to have the resources to tell voters about her first-term accomplishments.

“The governor is so grateful for the incredible support she’s gotten from across South Carolina,” he said.

Sheheen’s campaign points out that 94 percent of his donors are South Carolinians. That compares with 77 percent of Haley’s donors.

Haley’s fundraising included five out-of-state events, one each in Arkansas, New Jersey, and Texas, and two in Florida. Sheheen held one out-of-state fundraiser in the District of Columbia.

Contributions from South Carolinians accounted for less than half of Haley’s $1 million. Donations from Florida residents made up 22 percent, while donors from New Jersey and Texas each accounted for 9 percent.

For Sheheen, 92 percent of his money for the quarter came from South Carolinians. Donations from residents living in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland combined accounted for less than 4 percent.

“Sen. Sheheen is honored by the strong support from South Carolinians who believe in his vision for honest leadership and real accountability,” said his campaign manager, Andrew Whalen.

Haley spent $300,000 more over the quarter than Sheheen: $861,500 compared with his expenses of $561,900.

Since taking office in January 2011, Haley has raised a total of $6.9 million toward a second bid, which includes $340,000 from in-kind contributions, and spent $2.5 million.

Sheheen has raised a total of $2.7 million and spent $1 million since he lost to Haley in 2010 by 4.5 percentage points.

Potential petition candidate Tom Ervin has about $32,000 on hand. Ervin, a former judge and legislator, has put in more than $1.5 million of his own money. His $1.4 million in expenses for the quarter included TV advertising.

Ervin dropped out of the Republican primary to pursue being on the general election ballot as a petition candidate. Ervin turned in more than 20,000 signatures last month. Election officials have until mid-August to verify whether at least 10,000 of them are registered voters.

Libertarian Steve French had about $20,000 cash available as of July 1, after putting in $17,000 of his own money.

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