Richard Cash

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Richard Cash
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, South Carolina
Bachelor'sFurman University
Master'sGordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
ReligionEvangelical Presbyterian
Campaign website
Richard Cash was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina. He was defeated by incumbent Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[1]


Cash holds a bachelor's from Furman University in economics and business administration. He holds a master's in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served as a pro-life missionary and worked at the Pastors for Life ministry.

He owns a pre-owned vehicle business and a fleet of ice cream trucks.[2]


Cash highlighted the following campaign themes on his website:[3]

  • Abortion: "In the 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, abortion has claimed the lives of over 50 million developing children. The right to life is the most fundamental of all human rights, and the shedding of innocent blood will bring the judgment of a just God upon America. I will help lead the fight for legislation that defines legal personhood as beginning at the moment that biological life begins: the moment of conception."
  • Marriage: "God designed men and women for a unique type of companionship in marriage, which naturally results in children. Marriage and family has been the cornerstone of American society, and it should be promoted and protected accordingly. I will passionately support legislation and policies that promote marriage and family, and I will actively oppose those that undermine it."
  • Judicial activism: "The Supreme Court is legislating from the bench, in keeping with a modern legal philosophy that believes the Constitution is a living document. As a result, we now have a nine person legislative body that is appointed for life, and not accountable to the people. I will vote against nominees that have a track record of legislating from the bench, and I will vote for those who have a track record of respecting original intent and Constitutional limits."
  • Immigration: "America welcomes more immigrants than any nation in the world, but our immigration policy should serve our national interests and follow the rule of law. The Federal government has failed to secure the border, it has failed to enforce visas, and it has lost sight of the importance of assimilation. I support immigration reform in the areas of chain migration and birthright citizenship, and I oppose amnesty, because rewarding those who have broken the law simply encourages the next wave of illegal immigration."
  • Spending: "Our annual deficits and our total debt are unsustainable and have put us on the path to economic ruin. We must have a balanced budget approach that includes cuts to spending now, not fictitious and future cuts that never materialize. I support using the debt ceiling to force these cuts. I support economic growth by flattening and broadening the tax code, and I oppose the politics of class warfare that targets certain groups for tax hikes."
  • Jobs: "America has a free enterprise, opportunity based economy in which the government’s role should be that of a referee, not a player. There will be more jobs when we repeal burdensome regulations and programs like Obamacare, enforce immigration laws and encourage energy independence through market based policies, not crony capitalism. I will support fair trade as well as free trade, and oppose the redistribution of income that kills the incentive to work."
  • National defense: "Islamic terrorism is the chief immediate threat to our national security followed by authoritarian regimes left over from communism. We must put greater emphasis on securing our land borders, our ports, anti-missile technology, and cyber security. We should stand with our allies, such as Israel, while avoiding conflicts and entanglements in which we have no vital national interest."
  • Second Amendment: "Americans have always believed that the right to bear arms is a fundamental guarantee of liberty. The federal government must not infringe upon this right which allows citizens to defend themselves and their freedom. I will oppose gun control legislation and protect the rights of law abiding gun owners."
  • Constitution: "Congress must resist judicial activism and presidential imperialism. We must protect the free exercise of religion, which is threatened by such things as Obamacare and homosexual marriages. We must guard against a police state and infringements upon personal liberty, including the use of new technology such as drones that could spy on private citizens. And we must reduce the size and scope of the Federal government according to the tenth amendment."



See also: United States Senate elections in South Carolina, 2014

Cash ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent South Carolina.[4] He was defeated by incumbent Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[1]

U.S. Senate, South Carolina Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLindsey Graham Incumbent 56.4% 178,093
Lee Bright 15.4% 48,704
Richard Cash 8.3% 26,246
Det Bowers 7.3% 23,071
Nancy Mace 6.2% 19,560
Bill Connor 5.3% 16,847
Benjamin Dunn 1% 3,195
Total Votes 315,716
Source: Results via Associated Press


Republican primary
Poll Lindsey Graham Richard CashLee BrightNancy MaceDet BowersBill ConnorBenjamin DunnOther/Someone elseWon't voteMargin of ErrorSample Size
Target Point (May 16-22, 2014) (dead link)
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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cash's reports.

Richard Cash (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[5]July 15, 2013$0$275,171$(30,303)$244,867
October Quarterly[6]October 15, 2013$244,867$15,570$(22,730)$237,706
Year-End[7]January 15, 2014$237,706$76,156$(58,430)$255,432
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2014$255,432.37$348,520.74$(139,896.33)$464,056.78
Running totals


Cash is married and has eight children.[2]

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