COLUMBIA, SC — Some of the notable names who contributed to the expected 2014 S.C. governor foes in the last quarter of 2013.
Gov. Nikki Haley, who has gained a national profile with a leadership role in the Republican Governors Association and a prime-time speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, is ahead in the money race in her rematch with Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.
• Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee whom Haley endorsed. His occupation is listed as "retired." ($3,500 contribution)
• Charles Koch, industrialist who along with his brother are heavily involved in national Republican politics. Haley has attended a Koch-sponsored event. ($3,500)
• Chase Koch, Charles' son, ($3,500)
• Texans for Rick Perry, the Texas governor's campaign. Perry visited South Carolina last year in what was seen as a test of his chances for a 2016 presidential run. ($3.500)
• Lesa France Kennedy, chief executive of International Speedway Corp., owner of Darlington Raceway and the parent company of NASCAR. ($3.500)
• Former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings ($1,000 contribution)
• Former USC president John Palms ($1,000)
• Robert Royall, former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania and S.C. Secretary of Commerce. ($3,500)
• Alex Sanders, former chief justice of S.C. Court of Appeals and College of Charleston president. ($1,000)
• Mack Whittle, retired founder of First Carolina bank, now owned by TD Bank, and USC trustee. ($1,000)