What SC constitutional officers earn from the public

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.


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    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.

The state’s 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 Haley’s memoir, “Can’t 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 state’s 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. Wilson’s 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.

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