Campaign 2014

SC Gov. Haley has $1.5 million in campaign war chest

The Associated PressJanuary 12, 2013 

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — ASSOCIATED PRESS

— Gov. Nikki Haley has $1.5 million cash on hand for a possible run for a second term in 2014.

Campaign disclosure forms filed this week show the Republican governor raised about $515,000 during the quarter that ended Dec. 31, while her campaign spent about $75,000.

Haley has said she won’t decide whether to seek a second term until after the legislative session ends this summer.

However, her former chief of staff Tim Pearson left the governor’s office in October to head up her possible re-election bid. Pearson managed Haley’s 2010 gubernatorial race.

Haley had six fundraisers last quarter, half of them out of state, in California, New York and Florida.

Donations from S.C.-based businesses and residents accounted for less than 60 percent of the total she raised during the quarter. Florida donations were next at 10 percent, followed by New Yorkers at nearly 6 percent.

Californians’ 51 donations ranked second in number behind the 418 reported from South Carolina, but their combined $21,000 ranked fifth in total amount, at 4 percent.

“It’s a strong showing,” Pearson said. “It shows that people in and outside the state want her to be re-elected governor if she runs.”

Haley’s 2010 Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, has $92,500 cash on hand in his Senate campaign coffers, according to his forms filed Thursday.

While Sheheen has made no announcement, a rematch between the two is thought possible – even likely – in 2014. Haley won 51 percent of the vote in 2010, compared with Sheheen’s 47 percent.

Sheheen faced no opposition for re-election last year in either the primary or general election. He raised about $6,800 in the last quarter and spent $19,300. Senate Democratic spokesman Phil Bailey said Sheheen concentrated on helping other Democratic candidates in their 2012 election bids.

All statewide offices are up for re-election in 2014.

Other reports filed Thursday show:

• Attorney General Alan Wilson had $223,000 available as of Dec. 31, after raising nearly $91,000 last quarter and spending $11,000.

• Treasurer Curtis Loftis had $17,000 cash on hand at quarter’s end, after raising $7,000 and spending just $215. But he has a loan balance of $577,000 after largely self-funding his 2010 election.

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