Former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is putting his money on Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in the June 8 GOP gubernatorial primary, while Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails is banking on U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett.
Those are just two big Lowcountry donors listed in gubernatorial candidates' recent campaign-disclosure forms filed with the State Ethics Commission.
One of the biggest local donors to state Rep. Nikki Haley's campaign has been the S.C. Club for Growth PAC and its chairman, businessman Chad Walldorf. Both recently contributed the maximum of $3,500 to her.
S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster's big local donors include Leonard Long, whose Moultrieville Partners contributed $3,500, as did Jim McNab of Church Street.
In addition to Swails, who contributed $1,000, Barrett's big donors include developer Robert Clement, who, along with his wife and several companies, contributed $15,000. Former Gov. James Edwards gave Barrett $1,200.
Bauer's campaign recently received $500 from Ravenel and $3,500 from the Ravenel Development Corp., and it also received $1,000 from Nucor's political action committee.
On the Democratic side, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen has raised $1,000 each from Charleston-based developer Charles Way Jr. and Charles P. Darby Jr., executive director of the Children's Hospital Center for Child Advocacy.
Charleston lawyers Mark Tanenbaum and Thomas Gressette gave Sheheen $3,500 and $1,250, respectively.
S.C. Superintendent of Education Jim Rex received $1,000 from Marlena R. Myers of Summerville.
State Sen. Robert Ford received several big contributions from his home turf here, including $2,000 from Randolph Scott of Goose Creek and $1,500 from Michael P. Jennings of Jennings Towing.
Also, Charleston lawyer Robert Rosen contributed $1,000 to Ford.