Barrett Leads Money Chase Among South Carolina Governor Hopefuls

Posted July 14, 2009 at 4:01am

Rep. J. Greshman Barrett raised far more than any of South Carolina’s gubernatorial hopefuls in the second quarter, cementing himself as a top-tier contender for the Republican nomination.

Barrett pulled in $566,000 in donations for his governor campaign and transferred another $188,00 from his House campaign committee, giving him $755,000 in total receipts between April and June. The four-term House member reported $975,000 cash on hand in his gubernatorial committee at the end of June. His campaign said in a release that Barrett’s congressional committee held another $500,000 in cash, giving him nearly $1.5 million total in the bank.

That puts Barrett on comparable footing with another leading Republican candidate, Attorney General Henry McMaster. McMaster has not formally announced his campaign but has been behaving like a candidate for months. He reported $1.2 million in cash in his attorney general campaign committee as of June 30, though he raised less than half of what Barrett did in the second quarter — $232,000 total.