The top 10 state legislators ranked by how much they made from public sources, according to their statements of economic interest
1. Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort
Amount reported: $2.3 million
Where it came from: $1.1 million is the value of his Beaufort home. Davis said because his home benefits from public water and sewer lines, he needed to disclose it. Also, $386,395.58 came from fees that Davis’ law firm earned from representing public entities. Other properties account for the balance.
2. Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson
Amount reported: $1.6 million
Where it came from: Bryant is president of Bryant Pharmacy & Supply, and $1.2 million of his reported income came from sales of prescriptions and supplies to the state’s Medicaid program. Another $379,705.86 came from sales to the Public Employee Benefit Authority, which oversees the state’s health plan and retirement systems.
3. Rep. Chris Murphy, R-Dorchester
Amount reported: $1.1 million
Where it came from: $910,000 from three properties Murphy owns. He listed them because he said they benefited from public water and sewer services. Another $20,000 came from Dorchester County paying Murphy to represent criminal defendants who could not afford an attorney. The rest came from gifts and state salary and reimbursements.
4. Rep. Jenny Horne, R-Dorchester
Amount reported: $878,427.86
Where it came from: $851,987 from legal fees that Horne’s law firm earned representing the state comptroller general’s office. Of those fees, Horne said she received $4,221.
5. Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter
Amount reported: $837,292.75
Where it came from: Smith has his hand in several businesses, including a law firm and a medical supply company. That’s why he reported $197,656.40 in income from Medicaid and $120,158.40 in legal fees from workers’ compensation cases. He also reported $483,549.17 in fees for legal work involving various other public entities, including local governments, the state health plan and the state insurance reserve fund.
6. Sen. Paul Thurmond, R-Charleston
Amount reported: $751,831.79
Where it came from: $682,000 in legal fees from the Medical University of South Carolina and $67,949.46 in salary, benefits and legal fees from the city of North Charleston, where Thurmond is a part-time prosecutor.
7. Rep. Tommy Pope, R-York
Amount reported: $712,153.74
Where it came from: $686,301.16 in legal fees that Pope’s law firm earned in cases before the state Workers’ Compensation Commission.
8. Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Horry
Amount reported: $518,426.36
Where it came from: $481,272.78 in legal fees that Rankin’s law firm earned in cases before the state Workers’ Compensation Commission
9. Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston
Amount reported: $372,400
Where it came from: A $350,000 dock that Campsen owns at Patriots Point, a state agency.
10. Sen. Ronnie Cromer, R-Newberry
Amount reported: $334,324
Where it came from: Cromer owns a pharmacy that made $302,000 in sales to the state Medicaid program.