In the race to fill Robert Ford's seat in state Senate District 42, Democratic candidate Marlon Kimpson is blowing the other nominees out of the water with fundraising and spending, according to the latest available filings with the State Ethics Commission. Kimpson, an attorney at the Motley Rice Law Firm, raised over half of his money from donations by attorneys and attorney-supported political action committees.
Kimpson will face Libertarian Alex Thornton and Republican Billy Shuman in a special election Tuesday.
As of Sept. 16, the deadline by which candidates had to file pre-election reports, Kimpson had raised nearly $177,752.97, about 4.8 times the amount of his closest opponent, Shuman. Notable contributions included:
• $73,264.25 from fellow attorneys, including at least $1,000 each from attorneys Brian Bevon (Charleston), David Rivers (Charleston), Jonathan Krell (Charleston), Robert McConnell (Providence, R.I.), John Herrick (Mt. Pleasant), Fred Thompson (Sullivan's Island), Frank Holleman (Greenville), Matthew Richardson (Columbia), Jodi Flowers (Mt. Pleasant), Furr and Henshaw (Myrtle Beach), Mullins McLeod (Charleston), Ron Motley (Mt. Pleasant), Kevin Dean (Mt. Pleasant), Graham Holmes (Walterboro), Christopher Chestnut (Gainesville, Fla.), N. John Bey (Atlanta), Edward Bell (Georgetown), Shaun Kent (Manning), Curtis Osborne (Charlotte, N.C.), and Samuel Cothran (Mt. Pleasant)
• $23,000 from Justice PACs One-Ten, SCAJ PAC, and S.C. Association for Justice PAC, all of which are supported by the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association, according to the Kimpson campaign
• $12,763.84 from Kimpson's personal funds
• $2,000 from SCBWA PAC, which lists the same address as the S.C. Beer Wholesalers Association
• $2,000 from Friends of Jim Clyburn
At the time of the report, Kimpson had spent $173,300.29 from his campaign war chest.
Shuman, a real estate broker, comes in a distant second place with $37,055 in contributions as of Sept. 16. Shuman filed his pre-election report late Friday night, 11 days after the deadline, after saying in an e-mail to the City Paper that he and his staff had been "extremely busy attempting to track down all the information required for the filing."
Notable contributions to Shuman's campaign included:
• $1,000 from Southern Diversified Distributors (of Charleston)
• $1,000 from Okatie Construction (Charleston)
• $1,000 from Artigues Landscape Group (Charleston)
• $1,000 each from attorneys Clay Olson (Charleston), Jesse Kirchner (Johns Island), and Maybank Law Firm (Charleston)
• $1,000 from farmer Joseph Yonce (Johnston, S.C.)
As of Sept. 16, Shuman had spent only $9,610.99 in the election cycle.
Libertarian candidate Alex Thornton, who filed her pre-election report four days before the Sept. 16 deadline, said she had raised $1,945 and spent $1,680.19. Her biggest contributor was the S.C. Libertarian Party, which gave $750.