S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday he will not return more than $115,000 he received from employees of SCANA, the Cayce-based power company now under fire for leaving customers holding the bill for a now-abandoned nuclear construction project.
“In a campaign we get money from many different sources, and I have no intention to return contributions to people,” McMaster said when asked whether he will give any of the money back, which includes $16,500 in donations from SCANA’s corporate officers.
McMaster spoke to reporters after addressing attendees at an aerospace conference in Columbia. McMaster received at least $115,000 in campaign contributions from SCANA and its employees in June, weeks before the utility and its state-owned partner Santee Cooper announced they were pulling the plug on building two nuclear reactors in Jenkinsville.
“SCANA is a big company here. It's been here a long time,” McMaster added. “They have made contributions to my campaign. They have made contributions to other campaigns.”
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McMaster added that it’s important to determine what decisions were made that led to the breakdown of the construction on the nuclear reactors.
“I’ve called for a thorough investigation of that,” he said.