Independent gubernatorial candidate Ervin boosts campaign with loan; tops Haley for quarterly fundraising

Tom Ervin

Gov. Nikki Haley's record quarterly fundraising haul of just over $1 million, announced this week, was bested by independent gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin, or, more accurately, by Ervin's loan to himself.

Most of Ervin's new cash, new quarterly filings show, was from a personal loan of about $1.2 million. He raised $61,945 from donors.

Ervin jumped into the race late and had promised early on to self-finance his campaign, recognizing that big donors often shy away from a long shot.

Ervin, a former judge and S.C. House member, said on Friday that he had submitted around 20,000 signatures for review by election officials - 10,000 are required to get on the ballot. He expects official confirmation soon.

Haley raked in around $1.05 million in donations for the quarter ending June 30, a quarterly best for the incumbent. Her quarterly filing shows 77 percent of her donors are from South Carolina.

Haley, though, still has a formidable advantage. The incumbent has $4.46 million in the bank.

Democrat Vincent Sheheen's campaign said 94 percent of his donations were from South Carolina. He raised $505,088 from 1,819 contributors and has $1.6 million left to spend, his campaign said.

Libertarian Steve French raised $600 during the quarter and loaned his campaign $4,000, according to a quarterly statement. United Citizens candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves did not appear to have filed a quarterly report.

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