The SC-04 Money Race

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.

Trey Gowdy

  • 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.

Bob Inglis

  • 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
  • Expenditures:
    • 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.

David Thomas

Christina Jeffrey

Jim Lee

  • 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.

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2 Responses to The SC-04 Money Race

  1. karen martin says:

    thanks for the SC04 research! gave you a shout out for it at

    • Oh yeah, I did forget to mention the Frat PAC. It gave $2500 to Inglis. Its site says it gives money to candidates who “have a demonstrated record of support for Greek policy causes or be involved with committees with jurisdiction over issues of concern to Greeks”.

      How many Greek-related issues come up in the Congress? Maybe broad higher ed bills, but I’m not sure exactly what this means.

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