Who is making money lobbying the S.C. Legislature?

July 27, 2013 

More than 300 individuals registered with the state to lobby the Legislature in its session that ended in June. A look at what /their clients paid/ those lobbyists were paid by their clients, during the first half of this year:

More than $500,000

1. Davis, Richard – $645,251.73

State’s longtime long-time top-earning lobbyist

More than $200,000

2. Riley, Theodore “Ted” – $240,312.50

Son of the former Democratic governor

3. Denny, Tony – $227,476

Former executive director of the S.C. GOP

More than $100,000

4. Kneece, Rexford – $149,773.12

5. Puhlasky, Jason – $149,166.50

6. Poliakoff, Edward – $140,500

7. Campbell, Darrell – $138,073.62

8. Coble, Robert – $131,475.70

The former Democratic Columbia mayor

9. Parker, Vicki – $122,390.56

10. Rogers, Sara – $116,166.60

11. Cauthen, Dwight – $111,000

12. Smith, Stephen – $109,375

$50,000-100,000

13. Stokes-Murray, Lynn – $97,973.36

14. Smith, Connie – $95,988.72

15. Tompkins, Warren – $94,927

Longtime S.C. GOP power

15. Drake, Dwight – $94,583.32

Former aide to then-Gov. Dick Riley; sought Democratic nomination for governor in 2010

16. Homeyer, Benjamin – $94,500

17. Tew, Graham – $93,678

Former staffer for Republican Gov. Carroll Campbell

18. Allen, Fred – $91,769.99

19. Trotter, Hobart – $88,750

20. Cato, Harry – $87,000

Former GOP leader in the S.C. House

21. Jeter, Damon – $79,600

Richland County councilman

22. Twilley, William – $77,062.50

23. Adams, Robert – $74,940.75

24. Kinard, Ken – $70,678

25. Michel, Kyle – $68,750

26. Shannon, Kathy – $68,555.54

27 (tied). Fulmer, Ronald – $68,125

27 (tied). West, John – $68,125

29. Bryant, Douglas – $65,830

Former head of S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control health and environmental agency, DHEC

30. Macchiaverna, Frank – $65,000

31. Kent, Kimberly – $62,865.38

32. Cooper, Daniel – $62,377

Former GOP S.C. House Ways and Means chairman

33. Griffith, Jeff – $58,797.45

34. Beam, H. – $58,466

35. Pierce, Patricia – $57,750

36. Thordahl, Jeffrey – $56,486.64

37. Sweatman, Mark – $55,828.44

Former aide to Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges

38. Hazzard, Sara – $55,604.01

39. Lanford, Steve – $55,200

40. Fooshe, Steven – $54,500

41. Boan, William – $53,899.65

Former legislator, aide to Gov. Jim Hodges

42. Scott, Darrell – $53,571.56

43. Kelley, Mark – $53,341.98

Former staffer for Republican Gov. David Beasley, former GOP state representative

44. Owens, Angelia – $53,148.50

45. McCain, Will – $52,106.50

Former GOP state representative

46. Frick, John – $51,460.34

47. Rountree, Charlie – $51,000

48. Bedsole, Coretta – $50,950

$25,000-$50,000

49. Smith, Heather – $47,947.45

50. Moore, Baylen – $47,500

51. Knight, Robert – $46,875

52. Flynn, Brian – $44,873

53. Clamp, Kay – $44,625

54. Dermody, Brandon – $44,447.45

55. Lindsay, Christopher – $42,000

56. Bruning, Shannon – $41,680.61

57. Claunch, Chuck – $41,191

58. Routh, Foster – $41,100

59. Zemp, L. Dewitt – $40,197.45

60. Branham, Lester – $40,000

61. Robinson, Jennifer – $39,444.44

62. Harley, Warren – $39,078

63. Faulkner, Hugh – $38,075.24

64. McGill, Lisa – $37,020.85

65. Carter, Melissa – $36,736.15

66. Floyd, Edward – $36,190

67. McCullough, Henry – $36,097.94

68. Herring, Courtney – $34,261.40

69 (tied). Konduros, Cynthia – $33,842

Business partner with former SLED chief

69 (tied). Stewart, Robert – $33,842

Former head of State Law Enforcement Department

71. Griffin, Stacey – $33,779.85

72. Hitchcock, Regina – $33,000

73. Garrett, Randy – $32,364

74 (tied). Sanders, Sarah – $32,025.63

74 (tied) . Yarbrough, Cameron – $32,025.63

76. Dukes, Daniel – $31,733.90

77. Spires, Gary – $31,250

78 (tied). DeWorken, John – $30,729.16

78 (tied). Harmon, Sunnie – $30,729.14

80. Hunter, Ashley – $30,500

81. Wilkinson, Sharon – $30,333.36

82. Jennings, William “Buddy” – $30,000

Former state tourism director

83. Ogburn, Derial – $29,850

84. Jennings, Anne – $29,500

85. Hunter, Clayton – $29,400

86. Crawford, Cardon – $29,335.80

87. McLeod, John – $28,541.70

88. Price, Scott – $28,118

89. Drolet, Cashion – $27,000

90 (tied). Bennett, Pamela – $26,000

90 (tied). Ross, William – $26,000

92. Gudmundson, JoLee – $25,625

93. Rashley, Adrian – $25,125

94. Lee, James – $25,044.42

More than $10,000

95 (tied). Belser, Shelvie – $25,000

95 (tied). Breazeale, Benjamin – $25,000

95 (tied). Cothran, Darra – $25,000

95 (tied). Green, Fred – $25,000

95 (tied). Matney, W. Taft – $25,000

95 (tied). Nunamaker, James – $25,000

95 (tied). Taylor, John – $25,000

102. Cooper, Duane – $24,780

103. Ott, Russell – $24,334

Son of former House minority leader, now running for seat his father held

104. Elam, Mark – $24,034

105. Hoag, Susan – $23,800

106. Salane, Thomas – $23,333.32

107. Smith, Clara – $23,000

108. Penland, Geoffrey – $22,414.66

109. Phibbs, Elizabeth – $21,851

110. Cothran, Mark – $21,250

111. Mills, Shirley – $21,036

112. LeFever, Michael – $20,539.20

113 (tied). Buchanan, Kendall – $20,000

113 (tied). Chamlee, Roy – $20,000

113 (tied). Gregory, John – $20,000

116. Smith, Chris – $19,994

117. Schanz, Katie – $19,868.75

118. Donnelly, April – $19,778.60

119. Moore, Thomas – $19,200

120. Jones, Joe – $19,000

121. Rogers, Timothy – $18,750

Former House Democratic leader

122. Hicks, James – $18,585

123. Croom, Robert – $18,403.76

124. Barton, Henry – $16,928

125. Bivona, Caroline – $16,500

126. Wislinski, Benton – $16,148.65

127. Wilkins, Robert – $16,000

128. Blackstone, Carl – $15,604

129. Laffin, Charleston – $15,272.80

130. Wuenscher, Amanda – $15,135.41

131 (tied). Bugner, Stan – $15,000

131 (tied). Hutchison, Nikki – $15,000

133. Timmons, Francis “Tim” – $14,997.22

134. Albritton, Benton – $14,817.17

135. Berkowitz, Susan – $14,734.80

Johnny Appleseed head; advocate for low-income causes

136. Farmer, Charles – $14,600

137. Barnett, Robert – $14,570.36

138. Walker, Edgar – $14,484.37

139. Fields, Michael – $14,484.35

140. Roulette, Anthony – $14,467.50

141. Crotwell, Wanda – $14,302.07

142. Daniel, Mike – $14,302.07

Former S.C. lieutenant governor

143. Winslow, Timothy – $13,889

144. Dillard, John – $13,625

145. Niehaus, Matthew – $13,333.31

146. Felder, John – $13,000

Former Republican state representative

147. King, Craig – $12,980

148. Steedly, Yarley – $12,940

149. Wylie, David – $12,834.60

150. Cheney, Nancy – $12,800

151. Barnes, Amber – $12,500.01

152. Hearn, Joyce – $12,500

153. Gilbert, Margie – $12,497.16

154. Coleman, Katherine – $12,116.86

155. Trzcinski, Catherine – $12,114.90

156 (tied). Johnson, James – $12,000

156 (tied). Sharpe, Ray – $12,000

158. Hastie, Calvin – $11,917.50

159. Todd, J. – $11,520

160. Smith, Robert – $11,409.10

161 (tied). Edwards, Elizabeth – $11,250

161 (tied). Prather, William – $11,250

163 (tied). McKie, Amelia – $11,000

163 (tied). Saleeby, Joseph – $11,000

164. Hill, C. Jo Ann – $10,500

165. Gatling, Holly – $10,490 – Heads S.C. Citizens for Life Anti-abortion activist

166. Leidinger, Angela – $10,338.90

167. Strickland, Seth – $10,250

168. Meggie, R. Derrick – $10,050.62

More than $5,000

169 (tied). Givens, Edwin – $10,000

169 (tied). Lawson, Joanie – $10,000

169 (tied). Smith, Roger – $10,000

169 (tied). Wilson, Roscoe – $10,000

173. Johnson, Deron – $9,940.45

174. Bayless, Katharine – $9,913.81

175. Scott, Ronald – $9,310

176. Hinson, Shirley – $9,300.01

177. West, Sally – $9,000

178. Willis, Philip – $8,500

179. Ey, J. – $8,372

180. Napier, Lindsey – $8,335

181. Corley, Raymond – $8,250

182. Holbrook, Ashley – $7,670

183. Smith, Kelly – $7,650

184. Grisham, Preston – $7,500

185. Hope, Leslie – $7,359.71

186. Rickards, Cindy – $7,257.24

187. Reynolds, Elizabeth – $7,225.40

188. Montare, Adrienne – $7,105

189. Davis, Hamilton – $7,083.35

190. Moloney, John – $6,875

191. Kinard, Gail – $6,666.68

192. Rentiers, Michael – $6,597.80

193. Dederichs, David – $6,204.67

194. Parker, Deborah – $6,141.28

195. Lesesne, M. – $6,140.63

196. Jackson, Lindsay – $6,087.51

197. Holmquist, Wendy – $6,087.50

198. Kelly, Hannah – $6,087.49

199 (tied). Arnold, Teresa – $6,000

199 (tied). Hamm, Steven – $6,000

Former head of state consumer affairs agency

199 (tied). Horton, Julie – $6,000

202. Rhodes, Joshua – $5,937.50

203. McGregor, Merrill – $5,833.35

204. Turner, Kali – $5,792.50

205. Ruhe, Mike – $5,741

206. Perry, John – $5,500

207. Middleton, Victoria – $5,378.63

208. Covington, Wesley – $5,346.60

209. Maness, Kathy – $5,240

210. Whelan, Sloane – $5,150

More than $1,000

211. Payton, Roy – $5,000

212. Sheppard, Frank – $4,539.73

213. Black, Ryan – $4,535.72

214. Collins, Sean – $4,327

215 (tied). Leonard, Curtis – $4,000

215 (tied). Walsh, Gary – $4,000

217. Powers, John – $3,969.03

218. Hutto, James – $3,803.63

219. Cox, Julie – $3,712.50

220. Gaddy, Mark – $3,633.38

221. Braswell, Arthur – $3,535

222. Bellingham, Daniel – $3,515.13

223. Shaw, Debra – $3,511.72

224. Sosebee, Jane – $3,278

225. Parrish, Sara – $3,201.25

226 (tied). Gillespie, Karen – $3,000

226 (tied). Kavanaugh, Kathy – $3,000

226 (tied). Mack, Joseph – $3,000

226 (tied). Smith, Nicole – $3,000

230. Branham, Megan – $2,996

231. Jaynes, Bruce – $2,913.38

232. Crotzer, Josh – $2,756.24

233 (tied). Hutto, Anne – $2,500

Former Democratic state representative

233 (tied). Smith, Sandra – $2,500

234. Glover, Barry – $2,426

235. Sinkule, Branch – $2,389.83

236. Schmidt, Diana – $2,236.04

237. Besherse, Tammy – $2,135.41

238. Patterson, Jennifer – $2,058

239. Burtschi, Mark – $2,026.49

240. Tibbens, William – $2,023.76

241 (tied). Catoe, Willie – $2,000

241 (tied). Hester, Lilyn – $2,000

241 (tied). McLeese, Donald – $2,000

241 (tied). McPherson, Susan – $2,000

245. Thomas, Ashley – $1,912.80

246. Crawford, Cameron – $1,912

247 (tied). Fluck, Jeffery – $1,875

247. (tied) Herlong, Robert – $1,875

249. Payne, Douglas – $1,844.70

250. Masters, Rebecca – $1,650

251. Howie, Robert – $1,604.16

252. Higginbotham, Mary – $1,603.78

253. Thompson, Judith – $1,548.18

254. Richardson, Eddie – $1,542.41

255. Prevost, Gloria – $1,458.79

256. Furtick, Jerrell – $1,371.31

257. Berry, Joe – $1,250

More than $500

258. Fowler, Leslie – $1,000

259. McCormick, Nancy – $980.38

260. Lowder, Chad – $971.04

261. Bishop-Murphy, Melissa – $958

262. Haynes, Rebecca – $948.38

263. Dunn, Susan – $752

264. Dickson, Sammy – $748

265. Melton, Tim – $738.43

266. Kelly, Kimberly – $685.64

267. Woodward, Sheryl – $682.84

268. Birdsong, Mike – $630

269. Gibb, Daniel – $612.50

270. Gray, Allen – $574.46

271. Renault, Ben – $531.15

Less than $500,

272. Cave, Nancy – $475.05

273. Baker, James – $385.60

274. Stine, Craig – $357

275. Barnes, Ron – $200

276. Smith, Leigh – $147.55

277. Wilson, Ray – $142.17

278. McCollum, Bill – $112.50

279. Baxter, Jan – $91.02

280. Waymyers, Allison – $76.92

281. Sheheane, Gabe – $53.85

Registered as a lobbyist but did not reporting collecting any lobbying fees

Benton, Joe; Bruder, Jarrod; Calamita, Frank; Campbell, Reba; Cannon, Jim; Carpentier, Elizabeth; Collins, Roger; Durham, Kelly; Ellison, Brandi; Faile, Lester; Feldman, Brian; Firvida, Maria; Freeman, Brittany; Fuller, Chad; Gusmerotti, Janet; Hair, Miriam; Hansen, Craig; Hartenburg, Michael; Hefner, Brian; Hinson, Penelope; Horton, Dan; Hudson, Laura; Jenkins, Christopher; Johnson, Leah; Johnson, Tami; Kinney, Allison; Kiriako, Karla; Latimer, David; Lindsey, William; Lipscomb, Breana; McGrath, Tom; Moore, Jeffrey; Mueller, Brooke; Noble, Rick; Ostronic, John; Popescu, April; Read, Emerson; Regens, Brad; Rhee, Michelle; Richardson, Scott; Smith, William “Tom”; Travillion, Duple; Vega, Carmen; Velasquez, Tammy; Wells, Robert; West, Alan; Williams, Whitney; Wilson, Annie; Wilson, Jennifer; Wilson, Ryan; Yarbrough, Stephanie

Total – $8,114,001.95

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