Money is important. And you know if people discuss how many songs contain the word “money”, you know it’s important.
During an election cycle, the money trail can often yield interesting findings. I read through the FEC disclosures for SC-04. Took notes. Had to look up a few things. What follows is a listing of some of those findings. I don’t mean to insinuate any sinister behavior related to any of these contributions or expenditures; I just find some of them interesting.
- Current Position: 7th Circuit Solicitor
- PAC Contributions:
- Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Gowdy’s former employer, contributed $1000 last year to Gowdy’s campaign. They also contributed to Inglis and Thomas. I guess this is kind of like throwing spaghetti against the wall and seeing what sticks.
- Advance America Cash Advance gave Gowdy $1500. Now, in a utopian world everyone would have a unicorn and people would be financially responsible. But in reality, people in a bind choose to take out payday and other short-term loans. I’m not a fan of this industry and its ties to Republicans is disappointing. Advance America also gave $2300 to Thomas. These contributions are apparently rare, considering Advance America likes to contribute to Democrats 93% of the time.
- Refunds: Chad McGowan, $2400. Yep. That Chad McGowan, former Democratic challenger to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. Not sure what that was about.
- Expenditures: Huckaby, Davis & Lister, $1262 for FEC consulting. If the ethics complaint is true, this consulting must have missed something.
- Current Position: U.S. Representative, SC-04
- PAC Contributions: Besides the usual incumbent’s suspects (insurance companies, energy interests), I did see Fund for America’s Future, $2500. It’s affiliated with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, for what it’s worth
- The Congressional Institute, $1,063. Now, according to its website, this seems to be a non-profit for Members of Congress to help them with constituents & such. Seems useful, but I’m not sure I’d be thrilled if my campaign contribution went toward something that seems more related to his current job.
- NAACP, $725 for a 1/2 page ad and tickets to something. I don’t know if this has to with his 36% rating on NAACP issues
- Also worth noting: He has spent money on meals with supporters. Sounds cool. I think food and politics go well together. Not being sarcastic there.
- Current Position: SC State Senator, District 8
- PAC Contributions:
- Cash America International, $2500. We already discussed how I feel about payday & short-term lenders, so I’ll just also add that World Acceptance Corporation contributed $2500, QC Holdings contributed $2400, and Advance America contributed $2300.
- Expenditures: Seemed somewhat standard. A lot of reimbursements to candidate.
- Current Position: Adjunct Professor
- PAC Contributions: Freedom’s Defense Fund, $2000. The organization intends to support candidates it considers strong conservatives, so make of it what you will.
- Expenditures: Again, I didn’t see anything too unusual here.
- Current Position: Businessman from Mauldin, SC
- PAC Contributions: According to the FEC website, none. Besides individual contributions, the only other one was a $1000 contribution from Lee himself.
- Expenditures: Nothing unusual.
I encourage anyone in SC-4 to go through the filings himself or herself and form his or her own opinions. These are just my own opinions. Probably worth noting I’m still undecided in this race.