Legal community helps Marlon Kimpson dominate Senate 42 money race 

Democratic candidate raises nearly five times as much as Republican Billy Shuman

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:

click to enlarge Democratic candidate Marlon Kimpson - PROVIDED
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  • Democratic candidate Marlon Kimpson

• $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.

click to enlarge Billy Shuman
  • Billy Shuman

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)

click to enlarge Libertarian candidate Alex Thornton
  • Libertarian candidate Alex Thornton

• $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.

Who will get your vote in the District 42 S.C. Senate election on Oct. 1?

  • Marlon Kimpson (Democrat)
  • Billy Shuman (Republican)
  • Alex Thornton (Libertarian)
  • Write-in

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