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The Money Trail: Lending to Sheheen, Haley shows where money came from

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For more than a year, gubernatorial hopefuls Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen have been campaigning for the votes and financial contributions of South Carolinians.

According to the South Carolina ethics Commission, so far Sheheen has raised $2.8 million and Haley has raised $3.2 million.

Both politicians have received out-of-state funding, but collectively South Carolinians have provided almost $5 million to the two campaigns -- $2.6 million for Sheheen and $2.2 million for Haley.

In the Lowcountry, Haley won the battle of the pocketbook, netting $88,000 more than her opponent.

However, when the two candidates ventured into the other's home political turn, the money trail turned interesting. Haley, who is from Lexington, added $172,000 to her campaign from residents there. Sheheen pulled in $55,000 in contributions.

But in Sheheen's home town of Camden, his neighbors pulled together $322,000 while Haley only was able to solicit $4,000.

When looking at contributors, Haley's campaign donors roll reads like a veritable who's who of politics. From real estate tycoon Donald Trump and TEA Party darling Sarah Palin to fellow Indian-American and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour and former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, many of her donors were some of the heaviest hitting Republicans in the country.

Romney's political action group Free and Strong America was Haley's largest supporter and generated $63,000 for her campaign.

In fact, nearly one-third of all the money the Haley camp raised -- $946,429 -- came from outside of South Carolina. Her fundraising machine pulled dollars from every state in the union and Puerto Rico. Florida accounted for more than $150,000 alone.

Sheheen, on the other hand, received comparatively little help outside the state. Funds were raised in Sheheen's name in 27 other states, with North Carolina leading the way with $42,000.

Notable donors include Bobby Engram, a professional football player, Inez Tenebaum, the director of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, several pharmaceutical companies and the Arab-American Leadership Political Action Committee.

Both candidates made use of thousands of dollars in PAC money. In many cases, these groups supported both candidates evenly; in other case, not so much. Duke Energy gave to both candidates, but dropped an extra $1,000 into Sheheen's coffers. A law firm in Columbia gave Haley twice what they gave Sheheen. And NBSC appeared to favor Sheheen, giving him four times the donations the bank gave Nikki Haley.

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