Several South Carolina political operatives and observers declined to speak on the record for this article but agreed that DeMints stance threatens to create a rift with the business community. The state Chamber of Commerce recently endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen over tea party favorite and GOP nominee Nikki Haley.
I know for a fact that Sen. DeMint is getting an earful from very large upstate corporations, Drummond said.
Another Senate GOP source noted, This is an example of where ideology may have some consequences.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bobby Pearce said most people in South Carolina disagree with the earmark process and the way it has led us as a country to financial ruin. But Pearce still argued that the Port of Charleston needs federal money because the state cannot fund a harbor that is managed by the federal government.
Pearce said DeMint recently sat down with chamber members and was told, We dont pretend to understand Washington. We dont pretend to understand the earmark process. All we know is we need your help in securing this appropriation. Pearce added that DeMint was asked to do so in a way that would not go against his principles.
Were appreciative because we know he is looking for other solutions, he said.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.