South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson raised a substantially less-than-robust $33,000 in his bid for reelection during the recently concluded third quarter of 2017. Meanwhile, the “Republican” incumbent spent $39,000 during the quarter, according to campaign finance documents posted this week with the S.C. State Ethics Commission (SCSEC).
That’s not a good showing at all … although Wilson managed to keep his cash on hand for the upcoming election above $1 million.
Interestingly, Wilson’s expenditures included multiple payments to Rebecca Mustian, the daughter of his former political advisor, embattled “Republican” strategist Richard Quinn.
Mustian received $7,500 during the quarter from Wilson’s campaign – expenses earmarked for “bookkeeping services.”
Wilson also paid $1,500 to Jon Parker, a South Carolina political consultant with close ties to “the Quinndom.”
Quinn’s firm is at the heart of #ProbeGate – an ongoing, multi-jurisdictional criminal investigation into corruption in state government. In fact Wilson’s high-profile meddling with this investigation has served to blunt his once-promising political trajectory – although at this point neither he nor Quinn have been charged with any wrongdoing.
As for Wilson’s cooling momentum on the fundraising front? Sources close to the second-term incumbent tell us he has been focused in recent months on the ongoing #NukeGate scandal and has not had time to devote to fundraising. They also tell us his network is “ready to engage” and raise him “another $1-2 million” in campaign funds in the event he draws a credible challenger.
Will that happen? We don’t know … frankly, we’re surprised it hasn’t happened already.
We continue to hear rumblings regarding potential GOP rivals stepping forward to challenge the scandal-scarred elected official, but as of this writing none have filed … and the clock is ticking.
Stay tuned … if we hear of a challenger emerging, we’ll be sure to let our readers know …
As for #ProbeGate, things have been eerily quiet for the last six weeks. There’s been virtually no news since the revelation on September 1 that a top target of the investigation – former S.C. House majority leader Jimmy Merrill – had reached an agreement to cooperate with investigators.
According to prosecutors, Merrill has been cooperating with them for the past six months.
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