It looks like Gov. Nikki Haley isn’t the only South Carolina “Republican” to have a six-figure fundraising job created for her …
Former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and a pair of Palmetto Republican operatives will receive $420,000 over the coming year to raise money for the struggling University of South Carolina law school.
McMaster – who had been making the equivalent of $90,000 a year from USC as a law school fundraiser – will now receive $191,000 a year in a newly-created position. Meanwhile, GOP fundraiser Sunny Philips will make $118,000 a year and former McMaster employee Brad Henry will make $112,000 a year.
Like Haley’s deputy chief of staff (and former McMaster aide) Trey Walker – who is leaving the governor’s office to become a contract lobbyist – none of those salaries will include benefits.
The newly-created positions were first reported on Wednesday by The Gamecock student newspaper – which also noted that none of these positions were posted publicly prior to the contracts being awarded.
McMaster, Phillips and Henry will be tasked with raising $25 million for a new law school building.
As recently as a decade ago, USC’s law school was ranked in the high 70s or low 80s according to U.S. News and World Report, but it has now dropped out of the Top 100 altogether and into dreaded “Tier 3? status.
It’s also on its fifth dean in the last ten years …