U.S. Sen. Lindsey Grahams campaign contributors include former U.S. President George W. Bush and former U.S. secretaries of state, including a Nobel Prize winner.
Bush contributed $5,000 to Grahams 2014 re-election campaign, according to the Seneca Republicans most recent campaign finance report with the U.S. Senate.
I am extremely grateful and honored to have President George W. Bushs support. With every passing day, Americans appreciate more and more President Bushs clarity on the War on Terror and his strong support of the private sector, Graham said in a statement.
It was a privilege to work with him during his two terms to cut taxes, confirm conservative judges, build a strong military and grow the Republican Party, he continued. One thing I appreciate most about President Bush is that he was a bold leader willing to tackle the most important and difficult issues of our time. This type of bold leadership is missing in Washington today.
President and Mrs. Bush are tremendously respected and admired by South Carolina Republicans. South Carolina is and always will be Bush Country.
Graham raised $1.2 million from July to September and has nearly $7 million in cash to spend on his 2014 race.
Grahams three announced challengers in Junes GOP primary state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, Easley businessman Richard Cash and Charleston public relations executive Nancy Mace have less than $500,000 to spend combined. One Democrat, Jay Stamper of Columbia, also has announced he will run for the seat now held by Graham.
Bloomberg News political reporter Gregory Giroux first tweeted about Grahams contributions Wednesday.
Other contributors to Grahams campaign to date for the 2014 election include:
• $10,400 Henry Paulson, chairman of the Paulson Institute. Paulson, U.S. treasury secretary under President Bush, spent 32 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was chairman and chief executive officer.
• $7,600 George Shultz, U.S. secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan and now a distinguished fellow at Stanford Universitys Hoover Institution.
• $1,000 Henry Kissinger, U.S. secretary of state under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and a Nobel Prize winner.
• $500 Paul Wolfowitz, a former president of the World Bank and U.S. deputy secretary of defense under President Bush. Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
• $250 Andrew Natsios, a professor at Texas A&M University, who was administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development during part of Bushs presidency.
McClatchy Washington Bureau staff writer James Rosen contributed. Reach Self at (803)771-8658