The states nine statewide-elected officials, ranked by how much they earned from public sources, as reported on their 2013 statements of economic interest
1. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell
Amount reported: $551,349.85
Where it came from: $450,000 is the value of a boathouse that McConnell owns on Bonneau Beach. Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility company, has an easement on the property, which McConnell said is a potential conflict of interest. McConnell also reported receiving $4,465.02 in gifts, ranging from $99 for a gift basket from Nan Ya Plastics to $1 for a Diet Coke from USC. The remainder roughly $97,000 is divided almost evenly between salary and retirement pay that McConnell, like many legislators, draws even while serving in office.
2. Gov. Nikki Haley
Amount reported: $379,396.59
Where it came from: $175,000 came from Penguin Group for the publication of Haleys memoir, Cant is Not an Option. $106,078 was her state salary. She also received $40,515.38 in gifts, including $28,940 for the use of suites at 10 Clemson football games. And she received $57,800.21 in travel, including $25,160.24 from the Mitt Romney for President campaign.
3. Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, the states adjutant general
Amount reported: $153,869.97
Where it came from: $92,006.08 in state salary, plus $61,863.09 in active- and inactive-duty pay from the S.C. National Guard
4. Attorney General Alan Wilson
Amount reported: $126.015.42
Where it came from: $92,007 in state salary, $15,192 from the National Guard, $1,516 for use of a state-owned car and $17,299.55 in gifts, including $2,340 in travel from the Oakland Law Group regarding a federal lawsuit. Wilsons spokesman said the gathering was to discuss the overreach and intrusion of the federal government.
5. Secretary of State Mark Hammond
Amount reported: $122,087.93
Where it came from: $92,007 in state salary, $4,660.20 in gifts, $606.73 in travel and $21,144 from a Spartanburg County school district where his wife works.
6. Treasurer Curtis Loftis
Amount reported: $106,914.20
Where it came from: $92,007 in state salary. Also, $5,120 from the Criminal Justice Academy and the state transportation Department for services from the pest-control company that Loftis owns, $1,780 in pest-control services to four registered lobbyists and $4,547.99 in gifts, including $1,500 for Tartan Club passes at the RBC Heritage golf tournament.
7. Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers
Amount reported: $99,507
Where it came from: State salary of $92,007, plus a $40 box of cigars from an S.C. business prospect.
8. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais
Amount reported: $97,696.58
Where it came from: $92,007 in state salary, plus $5,689.58 in gifts including $3,701.58 for tickets/parking/events from USC and $4,114.49 in travel expenses.
9. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom
Amount reported: $94,019.74
Where it came from: $92,007 in state salary, plus $673.14 in gifts, including $152.74 for plaques, pen and a card holder from the Mexican state controllers.