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Sheheen Edges Haley in First Fundraising Report

If the first fundraising report is any indication, the 2014 gubernatorial race will be both expensive and competitive.

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw) outpaced Gov. Nikki Haley by nearly $40,000. He raised $611,314.90. Haley reported $619,218.16 but approximately $47,000 of that total came after the June 30 deadline.

Perhaps even more promising for Sheheen than the dollar amounts is the depth of his support. He received donations from 1,343 different donors while Haley's money came from 887. That amounts to an average donation of $455 for Sheheen and $698 for Haley.

Still, Sheheen has some catching up to do. Haley has almost $2.5 million in cash on hand compared to Sheheen's $571,000.

Haley also has a Super PAC, The Movement Fund, which is also raising money on her behalf, though federal law prohibits it from coordinating with the campaign.

The governor has yet to officially declare her candidacy, but that appears to be a formality.

The figures were made public on Wednesday and are updated quarterly.
donald smith July 11, 2013 at 09:52 AM
Earlier this year Haley led the efforts to reject the Affordable Health Care Act. Had the SC Senate voted to accept the funds, the state would have received $795.8 million dollars with a total of over $11 billion dollars having been sent to South Carolina by the year 2020, of which South Carolinians would have only had to pay 10% of the expansion cost. Yet Haley threw the citizens if SC under the bus just for political and partisan reasons.
Denise Mosley July 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM
I have never "donated" to any state campaign until this year...it was not a large donation but I donated to Mr. Sheheen because of things like not caring enough about the well being of ALL the people of this state. The Medicaid expansion would have been a good thing for we the people of SC now people of our state will continue to have limited or no access to health care it is shameful.
Carrie Jessie James August 06, 2013 at 07:32 AM
Nikki Haley can't "coordinate" her campaign efforts with that of her PAC? Yeah sure she can't. If you believe that I got some land in Florida for sale. SWAMP LAND.

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