Garbage giants are major political donors in SC

May 18, 2013 

The country’s two largest waste companies have given at least $108,000 in campaign contributions to S.C. legislators and candidates for governor during the past four years, according to financial reports filed with the state Ethics Commission

Waste Management has donated the lion’s share – about $90,000. Republic Services has contributed about $18,000.

• Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has received at least $3,500 in campaign contributions from Waste Management. Her opponent in the 2010 election, state Sen Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, has received $5,500 from Waste Management since 2009 as a Senate and gubernatorial candidate, records show.

• Waste Management has contributed about $90,000 to the campaigns of about 90 lawmakers since 2009, records show. Republic has contributed about $18,000 to public officials, including at least 13 legislators. A garbage bill that the two companies support passed the S.C. House earlier this year. Of the 89 representatives who voted for the bill, 37 received contributions from Waste Management or Republic. Of the 23 who voted against the bill, seven received contributions from the two companies. The state Senate has not yet voted on the bill.

What the companies say

Republic officials were not available to talk about their company’s S.C. political contributions. Waste Management executive Randall Essick said his company “always look(s) to support pro-business legislators in the state and any other state we do business in.”

Want to know more?

To see how much the two garbage giants have given to S.C . legislators and how S.C. House members voted – for or against their campaign contributors – go to the list.

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