Summey funds campaign with out-of-town money 

North Charleston mayoral incumbent drops big bucks on cookouts

In his campaign for re-election as mayor of North Charleston, Mayor Keith Summey has raised most of his money from out-of-towners, according to data provided by the State Ethics Commission.

Summey's latest campaign finance records, filed Oct. 24, show that only $25,495 of the nearly $115,000 he has raised came from donors who listed a North Charleston address. Many donations came from Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, and a few were from Columbia, but others came from as far away as Illinois, Missouri, and Washington, D.C.

His opponent in Tuesday's election, Charleston County School Board member the Rev. Chris Collins, is running a mostly self-funded campaign and has raised about 1/26 as much as Summey.

Here are the highlights from the data:

R. Keith Summey

click to enlarge Keith Summey

Contributions: $114,945

Expenditures: $56,838.83

Notable Contributions: $1,000 from Mead Westvaco's Richmond, Va., headquarters. $1,000 each from Detyens Shipyards, freight company Neal Brothers Charleston Inc., North Charleston company Marine Terminals Management LLC, and Missouri engineering consulting company TranSystems. $1,000 each from Charleston-area attorneys Rosen Rosen & Hagood, Richard Tapp Jr., Elizabeth Luzuriaga, Joseph Griffith Jr., Bart Daniel, Sandra Senn, Brady Hair, and Gedney M. Howe III. $1,000 each from Trident Construction Company, Clement Development Inc., construction company CEO O. L. Thompson III, Mt. Pleasant-based JMC Properties, Yonges Island developer Eric Meyer, Columbia developer William Paturalaski, Illinois developer Mark Goode, and Washington, D.C., developers Mitchell Blankenstein and Centre Pointe Office. $1,000 each from CMMC and CMMC Security. $1,000 from businesswoman and philanthropist Anita Zucker. $1,000 from Mt. Pleasant Mayor William D. "Billy" Swails.

Notable Expenditures: $10,525.73 on food, facility rentals, supplies, and mailouts for various neighborhood cookouts. $9,850.49 to Palmetto Consulting, a North Charleston firm run by jack of all trades William R. Fuller (a former deputy sheriff who works as a political consultant, an accountant, a web designer, and a real estate agent for Oak Terrace Preserve).

Christopher Collins

click to enlarge Chris Collins

Contributions: $4,435

Expenditures: $3,030.09

Notable Contributions: $2,610 from himself. $500 from Columbia-based Brownstone Construction Group. $300 from Mt. Pleasant real estate developer Norm Dickerson.

Notable Expenditures: $1,000 to Juno Signs of Eustis, Fla. $495 to Sign Depot of Orlando, Fla. $518 for advertising to radio station WTMA.

Who will get your vote for mayor of North Charleston?

  • Chris Collins
  • Keith Summey

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