By Mary Orndorff Troyan
Gannett Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Tim Scott raised $1.1 million during his first three months in office, according to Federal Election Commission records.
The records also show Scott received significant support from Upstate business interests.
Scott represented the 1st District in the Low Country until Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to replace former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who left the Senate in January. Scott will face voters statewide for the first time next year, which means he had to hit the campaign trail as he was beginning his new Senate job.
Scott's most recent fundraising report, which covers January through March, shows donors from all over the state and country.
"I am extremely grateful to the people of South Carolina for their support," Scott said in a prepared statement. "This was a great first quarter, and shows the people of our state stand behind a strong, conservative voice. I look forward to continuing to spread our message of opportunity throughout the Palmetto State."
No one has announced plans to challenge Scott in the 2014 Republican primary.
Of Scott's $1.1 million in donations, $678,000 came from individuals and $432,000 came from political action committees. He also transferred $355,000 from his House campaign account. He reported almost $1.4 million in cash as March 31.
A few of Scott's donors are well-known in Republican circles beyond South Carolina, including former presidential candidate Herman Cain of Georgia, who gave $2,600. Alex Castellanos, owner of Castellanos and Company and a Republican strategist on CNN, gave $500. Former Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas gave $2,600, and former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston gave $500.
Upstate donors included Robert Small Jr. of Greenville, owner of Adtex ($5,200) and Stephen and Stewart Spinks of Greenville, who each gave $5,000. Stephen Spinks is president and CEO of the Spinx Co. and Stewart Spinks is founder and chairman of the board.
Contributions also came from several employees of Boeing and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Political action committees that donated include Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina federal PAC ($10,000), Duke Energy Corp. PAC ($5,000), and Koch Industries Inc. PAC ($2,000).
Several leadership PACs run by other GOP senators also contributed, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky ($5,000), Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming ($10,000), Sen. John Thune of South Dakota ($5,000), Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah ($5,000), Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio ($5,000), Sen. John Cornyn of Texas ($5,000) and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa ($5,000).
The FEC limits contributions from individuals to federal candidates to $2,600 per election or $5,200 total for a primary and a general election. The limits for PACs is $10,000 total.