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Pat McKinney releases new ad touting business agenda, raises $109,000

05/27/2014 6:27 AM

07/29/2014 8:05 PM

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Pat McKinney's second television ad features his pro-business agenda.

The Charleston developer says in the ad that he wants a review of state regulations, cut taxes for small businesses and individuals, and "crack down on out-of-control lawsuits."

The ad highlights how candidates for the state's No. 2 job want a larger role in shaping state agendas.

The lieutenant governor presides over the Senate and oversees the state Office on Aging, but the five major-party candidates have talked about major policy issues -- especially in economic development -- usually handled by the governor.

McKinney's ad promotes ideas also pushed by Gov. Nikki Haley, who appointed him to the State Ports Authority board. She created a regulation review task force last year, and she touts success in tax cuts and tort reform.

McKinney holds the largest war chest among his four GOP opponents in the lieutenant governor's race.

He raised $109,068 since April 1 and has $201,638 on hand for the June 10 primary, according to a campaign report filed late Monday. He has raised $832,218, including a $245,000 loan, since entering the race last summer.

Former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster raised $225,420 in contributions since April and has $102,848 on hand. Columbia pastor Ray Moore gathered $22,450 since April. They entered the race in March.

Columbia businessman Mike Campbell, who also entered the campaign in March, has not filed a pre-election report. The reports were due Monday though candidates have a five-day grace period.

The winner of the GOP primary will face Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers in November's general election.

Republican Lt. Gov. McConnell, a former state senate leader, chose not run for the office that he took over after Ken Ard's resignation in 2012. He becomes president at the College of Charleston on July 1, though might start at his alma mater sooner.

Pat McKinney's new ad

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