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SC's Dem AG candidate gets party's max donation

Jul 19, 2010 6:25:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina's Democratic nominee for attorney general is the first candidate this election cycle to receive the $50,000 maximum donation.

The state party gave Democratic national committeeman Matthew Richardson the money in a single payment June 10, according to second quarter campaign filings. That's the most the party can collectively give a statewide candidate for an entire campaign, through the state party and its affiliates.

"Matthew has been a very good activist, party leader, and we made that commitment to Matthew" while he was considering running, said Jay Parmley, executive director of the state party. "We told him the minute we could, we would completely max out his campaign. He has always been a solid fundraiser for us over the years, and we thought that was the least we could do."

He said this is just the first of the party's contributions to candidates, though future amounts are unknown. The state GOP Party has not yet made such a large donation this cycle.

Richardson, a Columbia attorney, said he sees no significance in being first.