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SC Gov. McMaster bests Templeton in latest fundraising haul

McMaster talked about a variety of issues during an interview at the State House, Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
McMaster talked about a variety of issues during an interview at the State House, Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

UPDATED: S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster bested challenger Catherine Templeton in his latest fundraising quarter, bringing the total raised in his bid to keep his job to more than $1.7 million.

The Richland Republican reported raising $805,827 from April through June, according to his campaign finance report filed late Monday.

McMaster’s donors include U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s super PAC; Charleston billionaire Anita Zucker; David Pankau, chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour; AT&T state president Pam Lackey and former U.S. ambassador Bob Royall.

McMaster also received contributions from more than 150 businesses and corporations, including Wal-Mart, Giti Tire, the Cayce-based SCANA utility.

Roughly 79 percent of McMaster’s contributions came from South Carolina donors. But his support stretched to 21 other states and the District of Columbia.

After spending about $180,700 in the three-month fundraising period, McMaster has close to $1.5 million left to spend.

Templeton raised more than $750,000 for the quarter, according to details she provided The State. Most of that money – 93 percent – came from S.C. sources.

The Charleston labor attorney and former chief of the state’s labor and environmental agencies raised more from April through June than she did from January through March, bringing her fundraising totals to more than $1.4 million.

McMaster’s campaign also made a final payment of $26,450 to Richard Quinn & Associates. The Columbia-based firm is run by long-time S.C. GOP political consultant Richard Quinn, who has helped McMaster in all of his campaigns for public office.

The firm has been targeted as part of an ongoing public corruption probe. Investigators have seized documents from the firm. Richard Quinn’s son, suspended state Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Lexington, was indicted in May on misconduct in office charges. Richard Quinn has not been charged.

McMaster’s campaign touted economic development in the state since he took office, a theme the governor is sure to harp on heading toward next year’s primary.

“We are proud of the fact that people across South Carolina recognize the results Gov. McMaster is delivering: more than 7,500 new jobs and $2.2 billion in investment, including 2,400 jobs last week, in just six short months,” said McMaster general consultant Tim Pearson.

Yancey McGill, a former lieutenant governor and state senator, reported raising about $33,905 for the quarter.