State Rep. Tim Scott has a lead in fundraising among Republicans seeking the 1st Congressional District seat, but several opponents aren't far behind.
Scott had raised $245,875 and still had $226,576 on hand as of March 31, Federal Election Commission figures show. Previously, he had raised $274,380 in his bid for lieutenant governor, before he switched to run for the 1st District. Scott could ask donors to that campaign to transfer their support to his new one, subject to federal limits.
Meanwhile, Charleston businessman Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell had raised $215,740 but had only $86,911 left. Campbell was one of the few Republicans to enter the race before current Rep. Henry Brown announced he wouldn't seek re-election.
Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond had raised $205,249 and had $128,388 on hand. Like Scott's and Campbell's, Thurmond's campaign listed no debt, FEC figures show.
While Myrtle Beach businessman Clark Parker had raised $175,642, he had lent himself $100,000 of that. He raised $68,242 from individuals and $5,000 from political action committees.
Stovall Witte, a former aide to Brown, had raised $110,012, including his $20,000 loan to the campaign, and he has almost all of it -- $103,160 -- on hand.
Former Charleston County School Board member Larry Kobrovsky also lent his campaign money, $30,000. He has raised $52,300 but has only $17,818 on hand after his campaign mailed out thousands of copies of the U.S. Constitution to voters.
Neither GOP activist Katherine Jenerette of North Myrtle Beach nor Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Ken Glasson had any report on file with the FEC as of Monday.
Neither did Democratic hopeful Ben Frasier. The FEC had no March 31 fundraising update for Frasier's primary opponent, commercial pilot Robert Burton of Mount Pleasant.
However, campaign fundraising in the coastal 1st District is dwarfed by the big bucks flowing into the 2nd District.
In that district, which stretches from Lexington to Beaufort counties, Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's blurt of "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's September 2009 health care speech has enabled him and his Democratic opponent Robert Miller to tap big bucks.
As of March 31, Wilson had raised $3.7 million, while Miller had raised $2.3 million. Both have more than $1.7 million in the bank. That's more than U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who has raised $2 million and has $1.69 million on hand.
The primary elections are set for June 8.
Candidate / Receipts / Cash on hand
Tim Scott (R) / $245,875 / $226,576
Carroll Campbell III (R) / $215,740 / $86,911
Paul Thurmond (R) / $205,249 / $128,388
Clark Parker (R) / $175,642 / $139,016
Stovall Witte (R) / $110,012 / $103,160
Larry Kobrovsky (R) / $52,300 / $17,818
Mark Lutz (R) / $17,840 / $3,881
Robert Burton (D) / $7,950 / $3,058*
Benjamin Fraser (D) / $0 / $0*
Ken Glasson (R) / $0 / $0*
* Figures as of 1 2/31/09; not as of 3/31/10