SC lawmakers report getting $19.5K in free tickets

June 22, 2013 

  • CAPITOL ETHICS

    State Sen.

    Hugh Leatherman

    Did not disclose: $735,000 in state contracts awarded to a company Leatherman partially owns. Says he does not control the company and has no knowledge of its contracts.

    State Rep.

    Kris Crawford

    Did not disclose: $28,000 in Medicaid payments. The physician says he does not know when Medicaid pays for a patient’s care.

    State Rep.

    B.R. Skelton

    Did not disclose: His $22,900 legislative salary — $114,500 for five years — until asked by a reporter. Says he did not know he had to.


    Do you know....

    What state official received almost $30,000 in tickets last year, including $28,000 for football games? Find the answer here.

    What state senator’s business was paid $1.6 million by Medicaid and the insurance program for state workers? Find the answer here.

    What lawmakers reported the most money from public sources? Fine the answer here.

    A new database allows you to search your legislator’s public-sector earnings, businesses, travel and gifts.


    About this series The third in a continuing series in The State on ethics at the S.C. State House

    Today: Each year, state legislators and officials declare how much they earn from the public. However, their wildly inconsistent disclosures, filed with little oversight, make it impossible to say definitively how much officials earn.

Lawmakers reported receiving $19,551.89 worth of gifts in the form of tickets to events last year.

The top givers

RBC Heritage: $7,975 in tickets to that PGA golf tournament

USC: $3,901.58 for tickets to football games and other events

Carolina Cup: $2,863.33 worth of tickets to the horse-racing event in Camden

The top getters

1. Gov. Nikki Haley

Amount: $29,280

Where it came from: $28,940 came from 10 people who let Haley use their suites at Clemson football games. Plus, $340 for PGA tickets.

2. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais

Amount: $4,326.58

Where it came from: $3,701.58 from USC, $320 from the S.C. Republican Party and $305 from the Carolina Cup

3. Treasurer Curtis Loftis

Amount: $2,650

Where it came from: $1,500 from the RBC Heritage, $875 for tickets to other golf tournaments and $275 from the Carolina Cup

4. Attorney General Alan Wilson

Amount: $2,345

Where it came from: $1,500 in tickets to the RBC Heritage, plus tickets to the Carolina Cup and two other unspecified events

5. Rep. Weston Newton, R-Beaufort

Amount: $1,950

Where it came from: $1,500 for Tartan Club tickets at the RBC Heritage, plus $100 in tickets from the Bank of North Carolina to a Legends concert

6. Rep. Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston

Amount: $1,150

Where it came from: $970 from the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. for “tickets and lodging” at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, plus $120 tickets to the Carolina Cup and $60 tickets to Darlington Raceway

7. Rep. Chris Murphy, R-Dorchester

Amount: $1,130

Where it came from: $610 in tickets to the RBC Heritage, plus $400 from an unspecified Conventions and Visitors Bureau for “tickets/room.”

8. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, D-Kershaw

Amount: $768.33

Where it came from: All of it was for tickets to the Carolina Cup, which is held in Funderburk’s county

9. Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw

Amount: $560

Where it came from: All of it was for tickets to the Carolina Cup, which is held in Sheheen’s county

10. Rep. Mike Forrester, R-Spartanburg

Amount: $380

Where it came from: Two passes to the RBC Heritage

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