SC’s Scott raises $1.1m in first three months in U.S. Senate

Greenville NewsMay 2, 2013 

Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott raised $1.1 million during his first three months in office, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Scott represented the 1st District in the Lowcountry until Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to replace former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican who quit the Senate in January.

Scott will face voters statewide for the first time next year, which means he had to hit the campaign trail as he was beginning his new Senate job.

His most recent fund-raising report, which covers January through March, shows donors from all over the state and country.

“This was a great first quarter, and shows the people of our state stand behind a strong, conservative voice,” Scott said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to continuing to spread our message of opportunity throughout the Palmetto State.”

No one has announced plans to challenge Scott in the 2014 Republican primary.

Of Scott’s $1.1 million in donations, $678,000 came from individuals and $432,000 came from political action committees. He also transferred $355,000 from his House campaign account. He reported almost $1.4 million in cash as March 31.

A few of Scott’s donors are well-known in Republican circles beyond South Carolina:

• Former presidential candidate Herman Cain of Georgia gave $2,600.

• Alex Castellanos, owner of Castellanos and Co. and a Republican strategist on CNN, gave $500.

• Former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas gave $2,600.

• Former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston of Louisiana gave $500.

Political action committees that donated include Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina federal PAC ($10,000), Duke Energy Corp. PAC ($5,000), and Koch Industries Inc. PAC ($2,000).

Several leadership PACs run by other Republican U.S. senators also contributed, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky ($5,000), John Barrasso of Wyoming ($10,000), John Thune of South Dakota ($5,000), Orrin Hatch of Utah ($5,000), Rob Portman of Ohio ($5,000), John Cornyn of Texas ($5,000) and Chuck Grassley of Iowa ($5,000).

The FEC limits contributions from individuals to federal candidates to $2,600 per election or $5,200 total for a primary and a general election. The limits for PACs is $10,000 total.

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