Lee Bright: $49K Against The World!

YEAH, THAT’S NOT GONNA CUT IT …  S.C. Sen. Lee Bright has only $49,000 cash on hand in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) Not only that, Bright spent more than he raised in the most recent fundraising quarter – a terrible sign as well as cause…


S.C. Sen. Lee Bright has only $49,000 cash on hand in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.)

Not only that, Bright spent more than he raised in the most recent fundraising quarter – a terrible sign as well as cause for minor controversy seeing as he recently listed his campaign consultant as one of his business partners.

Which raises all sorts of ethical questions …

Anyway, Bright took in only $52,237 during the quarter running from October to December of last year – but spent $76,678.

So yeah … it sounds like he’s running his campaign about as well as he ran his businesses. Which is to say into the ground …

By contrast, Graham raised a whopping $1.3 million – and has $7.6 million in the bank. Scary, scary numbers.

Bright’s paltry fundraising total not only pales in comparison to Graham’s – it pales in comparison to the numbers put up by the other GOP candidates in this race.

Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace raised $256,333 during the fourth quarter and had $241,200 to spend on the race as of December 31.  Upstate businessman (and former congressional candidate) Richard Cash raised $76,156 and has $255,432 on hand. Orangeburg, S.C. attorney and Afghan War veteran Bill Connor reported raising $253,796 with $223,563 on hand, although he donated $210,000 of that total to himself.

Cash has also donated more than $200,000 to his own campaign, although he made this contribution during a prior quarter.

It’s safe to say that of the four challengers, Bright’s campaign against Graham has generated the most buzz within the Palmetto State’s Tea Party community – although that movement is clearly a shadow of its former self. And it clearly isn’t coming off the dime to help him financially.

So where does that leave Bright?

A whole lotta nowhere …

We love Bright’s voting record in the South Carolina Senate – and have said so repeatedly. But given his inability to advocate on the bread and butter fiscal issues this race will (or at least should) revolve around, he’s simply not a credible candidate for the U.S. Senate.

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Nölff February 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

He’s just not good at making money.

SCBlues February 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

And must be very good at spending it.

euwe max February 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I thought you wanted him to *be* a Republican.

Trucker February 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Spent more than he raised. And why were people in board with him again?

SCBlueWoman February 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Sounds like he runs his campaign like he ran his business…. into the ground. Is he blaming governmental regulations for this failure too?

MashPotato February 6, 2014 at 1:25 am

I’ll do it for him. Campaign contribution limits abridge the freedom of speech of campaign donors. If those laws weren’t in place, he could have raised more money.

RogueElephant February 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

Ronald Reagan said it best : “Government can’t fix your problem, government IS the problem.” Regulation has stopped more accomplishment than any other force .

Gillon February 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

Could we have some specific examples?

Buz Martin February 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Dumb-ass goober.

Inciteful February 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm

No, Buzz, he’s not a dumb-ass goober. He’s simply extremely skillful at hiding his cognitive capacity from absolutely everyone except himself.

cuvinny February 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Who is Lee Bright?

A fucking joke Of a candidate and elected official

soxinsc February 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Waitaminit FITS…you are a fan of someone who is the living embodiment of deficit spending? Because he votes nice?

I’d prefer someone who won’t become insolvent in the next 12 months helping to manage my tax dollars, thank you.

RogueElephant February 6, 2014 at 8:36 am

I can only think of one thing to say at a time like this: RESTORE HONOR VOTE CONNOR.

Dr. Doom February 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

If by honor, you mean philandering, then by all means. Ranja Bill is a fraud.

GrandTango February 6, 2014 at 9:28 am

It’s all relative. The State newspaper was bragging yesterday, in their ‘Buzzed’ Section, that Mace is a small-timer, too, w/ no chance because Lindsey has so much money…

So if money is a factor, are you also burying fellow Liberal-Tarian Nancy Mace????

Smirks February 6, 2014 at 10:10 am

The best hope of unseating Graham in the primary is to have everyone but Mace drop out. I doubt even then Graham would lose his primary, though.

Robertsons February 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

It’s worth a shot. She’s the only one, I’m afraid, who can pull this off at this point. The others just seem stagnant. at least she has some momentum behind her.

BARNPAINT101 February 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

As a small businessman I can say many business quarters more funds go out than come in because expenses/receiveables change. The question is whether you spend more than you have. The article does not specify his total funds that were available but it does say he had money left.


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