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Bauer raised more than $1 million in failed congressional bid

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July 17, 2012

South Carolina

By Amanda Carey

Columbia, South Carolina:

Former Lt. Governor Andre Bauer raised nearly $1.2 million for his failed campaign to win the Republican nomination in South Carolina's 7th District, according to recent FEC filings. Bauer himself loaned his campaign almost half of that $1.2 million.[1]

A majority of the rest of Bauer's campaign funds came from South Carolina donors. He received about $18,000 from political action committees, including donations from BlueCross BlueShield, the JM Family Enterprises, and Zuffa PAC. Bauer lost in the runoff election, however, despite nearly out-raising Horry County Council chairman Tom Rice 2-1. Rice raised $680,000.

"Andre would have made a great congressman, a good public servant," Bauer's campaign manager Scott Malyerck told The State. "You can be sure, no matter what he does, he'll be working 12-hour days - whether that's working in politics or in his businesses or out in the community." Now, Rice and his Democratic opponent for the general election, Gloria Bromell Tinubu, have to start the fundraising race all over again. Tinubu raised nearly $340,000 during her primary campaign - half of which she loaned her campaign. “It’s a swing district, but it leans Republican,” said Rice's campaign consultant Walter Whetsell. “We’re out meeting voters and raising money. The campaign continues.”[2]

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