SC groups, companies that lobby also are major campaign donors

July 27, 2013 

Lobbyists are prohibited from giving political contributions to candidates, but the groups or companies that hire lobbyists are not banned from making donations. And many of those companies or groups do make donations to candidates. A look at the top donors among companies and organizations that employed lobbyists, and gave direct political contributions to candidates between January and May 2013.

More than $25,000

1. TitleMax – $46,000

2. BlueCross BlueShield of S.C. – $40,248

3. RAI Services Co. – $27,750

4. Outdoor Advertising Association of S.C. – $26,500

More than $10,000

5. S.C. Beverage Association – $18,250

6 (tied). Manufactured Housing Institute of S.C. – $12,250

6 (tied). WellCare of S.C – $12,250

More than $5,000

8. Carolinas Association of General Contractors – $9,500

9. S.C. Association of Convenience Stores – $7,250

10. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative – $7,000

11. Waste Management of S.C. – $5,250

More than $1,000

12 (tied). JM Family Enterprises – $5,000

12 (tied). Motorola – $5,000

13. Republic Services of South Carolina – $4,500

14. American Resort Development Association – $4,250

15. Ben Arnold-Sunbelt Beverage Co. of S.C. – $4,000

16. Southern Wine & Spirits of S.C. – $3,988

17. SCANA Corp. – $3,750

18. Time Warner Cable – $3,500

19. Advance America Cash Advance Centers – $2,425

SOURCE: State Ethics Commission filings

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