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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham may be at odds with some of the far right members of his party, but a past U.S. president now enjoying his retirement has thrown some campaign cash his way.
Former President George W. Bush donated $5,000 toward Graham’s 2014 re-election, records show, overtly indicating the support of an ex-White House resident who otherwise has mostly gone politically quiet in recent years.
“I am extremely grateful and honored to have President George W. Bush’s support,” Graham said in a statement released Thursday.
The $5,000 will be used in the June GOP primary next November’s General Election.
“With every passing day, Americans appreciate more and more President Bush’s clarity on the war on terror and his strong support of the private sector,” Graham’s message said.
The donation was listed on page 311 of Graham’s 500-plus page Federal Election Commission filing of donors from the third quarter this year, which ended in September.
Under the name of his “employer” Bush was listed as “retired.” For occupation, Bush was identified as a “former U.S. President.”
“President and Mrs. Bush are tremendously respected and admired by South Carolina Republicans,” Graham said. “South Carolina is – and always will be – Bush Country.”
It wasn’t the only noteworthy name on Graham’s list this week. Former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz also wrote checks, as did former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz and former Treasury secretary Hank Paulson.
The donations are part of what has so far been a one-sided money grab as Graham has close to $7 million on hand against three lesser known candidates in the primary: state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg; Upstate businessman Richard Cash; and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of The Citadel.
All three challengers are making appeals to the tea party wing of the party, even as they trail distantly in the money race, with each reporting fundraising in the very low six-figure range.
Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.
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