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Judging from Lindsey Graham's support of the establishment clique and Barack Obama on any number of items, its not a great surprise that he's such a big spender. In spite of claims that he lives so simply in a modest home in South Carolina, the spending of his campaign account funds would lead one to believe otherwise.

I'll throw this list out there and let you make up your own mind as to Lindsey's freewheeling with campaign cash.

Just a few of the items Lindsey Grahams reports as campaign expenditures:

Payee Name

Purpose

City

Payment Date

Amount

42 DEGREE CATERING

EVENT CATERING

ROCKVILLE

1/31/2013

$2096.00

ACQUA AL 2

DINING

WASHINGTON

7/26/2013

$171.00

ACQUA AL 2

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

6/11/2013

$1552.00

ACQUA AL 2

DINING

WASHINGTON

4/11/2013

$193.00

ACQUA AL 2

DINING

WASHINGTON

5/22/2013

$195.00

AMBASSADOR VALET PARKING CO

TRANSPORTATION

SAINT LOUIS

8/14/2013

$208.00

AMERICAN VALET

EVENT VALET SERVICE

PHOENIX

6/11/2013

$670.00

BILTMORE HOTEL

LODGING & DINING

CORAL GABES

4/1/2013

$1067.00

BISTRO BIS

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

6/11/2013

$819.00

BISTRO CACAO

DINING

WASHINGTON

5/22/2013

$168.00

BOQUERIA FLATIRON

DINING

NEW YORK

1/31/2013

$246.00

BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL

LODGING

BOSTON

4/11/2013

$326.00

C STREET INVESTMENTS

ROOM RENTAL

WASHINGTON

4/10/2013

$680.00

CAB, ALEXANDRIA

TRANSPORTATION

ALEXANDRIA

7/9/2013

$20.00

CAFE BERLIN

DINING

WASHINGTON

8/29/2013

$129.00

CAFE BERLIN

DINING

WASHINGTON

7/26/2013

$130.00

CAFE BERLIN

DINING

WASHINGTON

3/1/2013

$100.00

CAFE BERLIN

DINING

WASHINGTON

6/11/2013

$359.00

CAFE BERLIN

DINING

WASHINGTON

4/11/2013

$324.00

CAPITOL HILL CLUB

EVENT CATERING AND MEMBERSHIP

WASHINGTON

3/15/2013

$436.00

CAPITOL HILL CLUB

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

6/13/2013

$1452.00

CAREY CHAUFFEURED SERVICES

TRANSPORTATION

BALTIMORE

7/26/2013

$521.00

CHARLIE PALMER STEAK HOUSE

EVENT CATERING DEPOSIT

WASHINGTON

3/1/2013

$500.00

CHARLIE PALMER STEAK HOUSE

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

5/22/2013

$1511.00

CHARTER JET TRANSPORT

AIR TRAVEL

CHARLOTTE

9/27/2013

$3363.00

CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANT

SENATE OFFICE CATERING

ARLINGTON

1/3/2013

$16.00

CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANT

EVENT CATERING

ARLINGTON

4/9/2013

$145.00

COSI

CATERING

NEW YORK

6/11/2013

$860.00

DEL FRISCO

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

5/22/2013

$2600.00

DELTA AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL

ATLANTA

9/13/2013

$99.00

DELTA AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL

ATLANTA

8/29/2013

$630.00

DELTA AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL

ATLANTA

7/26/2013

$671.00

DELTA AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL FEE

ATLANTA

9/13/2013

$25.00

DELTA AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL

ATLANTA

1/31/2013

$417.00

DELTA AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL

ATLANTA

4/1/2013

$596.00

DELTA AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL

ATLANTA

4/11/2013

$758.00

DELTA AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL

ATLANTA

5/22/2013

$412.00

DONOVAN, MICHAEL

EVENT CATERING

MANHASSET

9/21/2013

$750.00

DUNN, MAT

EVENT CATERING COSTS

HAWTHORNE

2/21/2013

$200.00

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR

CAR RENTAL

ATLANTA

4/11/2013

$401.00

FIERCE, ISAKOWITZ, AND BLALOCK

ROOM RENTAL

WASHINGTON

4/9/2013

$100.00

FIERCE, ISAKOWITZ, AND BLALOCK

ROOM RENTAL

WASHINGTON

4/10/2013

$100.00

FOUNTAINBLEAU RESORT

EVENT CATERING

MIAMI

4/1/2013

$1426.00

GLOBAL VIP CHARTER

TRAVEL

SEATTLE

5/22/2013

$241.00

HAMPTON INN

LODGING

SCOTTSDALE

5/22/2013

$618.00

HARRIS TEETER

SENATE OFFICE CATERING

WASHINGTON

2/14/2013

$140.00

HARRIS TEETER

SENATE OFFICE CATERING

WASHINGTON

1/3/2013

$14.00

HILTON HOTELS

LODGING

BEVERLY HILLS

4/1/2013

$897.00

HILTON HOTELS

LODGING

BEVERLY HILLS

5/22/2013

$570.00

HOTELS.COM

LODGING

DALLAS

7/26/2013

$1794.00

HYATT HOTEL

LODGING

BURLINGAME

4/1/2013

$454.00

HYATT REGENCY

HOTEL ROOMS

BOSTON

1/31/2013

$82.00

JOHNNYS HALFSHELL

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

8/29/2013

$975.00

JOHNNYS HALFSHELL

DINING

WASHINGTON

6/11/2013

$200.00

KEATING, ANN

EVENT CATERING COSTS

MC LEAN

3/7/2013

$2593.00

KEATING, TIM

EVENT CATERING COSTS

MC LEAN

3/7/2013

$2593.00

LIEBERMAN, ELIZABETH D

EVENT CATERING

ATLANTA

8/18/2013

$500.00

LONS AT THE HERMOSA

DINING

PARADISE VALLEY

5/22/2013

$310.00

MACANDREWS & FORBES GROUP LLC

ROOM RENTAL

NEW YORK

7/9/2013

$250.00

MANHATTAN, ELIS

DINING

NEW YORK

7/26/2013

$222.00

MARRIOTT MARQUIS

LODGING

NEW YORK

7/26/2013

$631.00

MARRIOTT MARQUIS

HOTEL ROOMS

NEW YORK

1/31/2013

$1381.00

MARRIOTT MARQUIS

HOTEL ROOMS

NEW YORK

4/11/2013

$560.00

MATCHBOX RESTAURANT

DINING

WASHINGTON

8/29/2013

$56.00

MONOCLE ON CAPITOL HILL

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

7/26/2013

$960.00

MONOCLE ON CAPITOL HILL

DINING

WASHINGTON

1/31/2013

$353.00

NAPA CATERING

CATERING

CHESTERFIELD

8/14/2013

$5871.00

NEWSMAX MEDIA

EVENT CATERING

WEST PALM BEACH

7/9/2013

$4869.00

NYC TAXI

TRANSPORTATION

NEW YORK

7/26/2013

$141.00

NYC TAXI

TRANSPORTATION

NEW YORK

1/31/2013

$128.00

NYC TAXI

TRANSPORTATION

NEW YORK

6/11/2013

$75.00

NYC TAXI

TRANSPORTATION

NEW YORK

4/11/2013

$184.00

OMNI BERKSHIRE PLACE

LODGING

NEW YORK

7/26/2013

$824.00

PARIS CATERING

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

4/11/2013

$9182.00

PICHOLINE

DINING

NEW YORK

6/11/2013

$248.00

PUTNAM INVESTMENTS PAC

EVENT CATERING COSTS

BOSTON

6/17/2013

$482.00

RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES

CATERING

WASHINGTON

7/9/2013

$100.00

RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES

SENATE STEERING CMTE. LUNCHES

WASHINGTON

2/14/2013

$1430.00

RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES

SENATE DINING

WASHINGTON

1/15/2013

$75.00

RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES

SENATE OFFICE CONSTITUENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

4/10/2013

$917.00

RIDGEWELL CATERERS

CATERING

BETHESDA

6/11/2013

$2166.00

RITZ CARLTON BUCKHEAD

EVENT CATERING AND HOTEL

ATLANTA

1/31/2013

$3124.00

SANDS, CORRINE

EVENT CATERING COSTS

LOS ANGELES

2/20/2013

250.00

SEBASTIANS CATERING

EVENT CATERING

BOSTON

1/31/2013

$255.00

SHERATON CLAYTON PLAZA

LODGING

SAINT LOUIS

8/29/2013

$346.00

SOIREE VALET PARKING SERVICE, INC

PARKING SERVICES

SAN FRANCISCO

7/26/2013

$540.00

SPIRIT AIRLINES

AIR TRAVEL

HOLLYWOOD

4/11/2013

$235.00

STANFORD PARK HOTEL

EVENT CATERING

MENLO PARK

4/1/2013

$2052.00

TALAY THAI RESTAURANT

DINING

WASHINGTON

7/26/2013

$113.00

THE ATLAS ROOM

DINING

WASHINGTON

6/11/2013

$200.00

THE BAUPOST GROUP, LLC

CATERING

BOSTON

7/9/2013

$678.00

THE COUNTRY CLUB OF HILTON HEAD

ROOM RENTAL

HILTON HEAD ISLAND

8/29/2013

$250.00

THE LIAISON CAPITOL HILL

LODGING

WASHINGTON

6/11/2013

$828.00

THE LIAISON CAPITOL HILL

EVENT CATERING

WASHINGTON

5/22/2013

$1476.00

THE RIVER BAR

DINING

SEA ISLAND

4/11/2013

$395.00

TRATTORIA ALBERTO

DINING

WASHINGTON

1/31/2013

$452.00

VENETIAN

EVENT CATERING

LAS VEGAS

6/11/2013

$5029.00

VENETIAN

LODGING

LAS VEGAS

5/22/2013

$903.00

VIRGIN AMERICA

AIR TRAVEL

BURLINGAME

7/26/2013

$1633.00

W MILLAR & COMPANY

CATERING

WASHINGTON

8/29/2013

$529.00

W MILLAR & COMPANY

CATERING

WASHINGTON

5/22/2013

$277.00

WASHINGTON D.C. TAXI

TRANSPORTATION

WASHINGTON

6/13/2013

$70.00

WENDT, GREGORY

CAMPAIGN DINNER

SAN FRANCISCO

4/30/2013

$100.00

WENDT, LISA

CAMPAIGN DINNER

SAN FRANCISCO

4/30/2013

$100.00

WILLIAMSBURG INN

DINING

WILLIAMSBURG

7/26/2013

$393.00

 
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Coming on the heels of a massive and influential list of endorsements for Bill Connor's steering committee comes an additional list of more impressive names wanting to help Connor unseat Lindsey Graham for US Senate in South Carolina

February 10, 2014
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For Immediate Release
 
Connor Steering Committee Continues to Grow
 
Columbia, SC - Afghanistan combat veteran, Orangeburg attorney, and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Bill Connor today released the names of additional  members who had joined his statewide steering committee in recent weeks. The list includes leaders and activists from Republican, Conservative, and TEA Party organizations as well as leaders who have distinguished military backgrounds.

On the growing steering committee, Connor said, "I was overwhelmed by the response to the announcement of my statewide steering committee a few weeks ago. This announcement demonstrates how fast our team continues to grow. Though a late entry into the race, we now have the largest and strongest statewide grassroots network. Last week's campaign disclosure reports demonstrate our efficient spending and secures our place as a financial leader as well." Connor continued, "In addition to a great grassroots team and strong financing, we have had top performances in debates, gathered more endorsements of individuals than all of the other Graham challengers combined, and have won multiple TEA Party straw polls." Connor concluded, "Our campaign's strength and growing momentum continues to set us apart as the campaign best able to defeat Lindsey Graham."

A comprehensive list of steering committee members can be found at BillConnorSC.com/endorsements. New additions are below:
 
Joe Grimaud
-Chapin, 2010 GOP 3rd District Congressional Candidate, Midlands Business Owner
 
Gladys Grimaud
-Chapin, SC Business Leader
 
Patsy Stewart
-Columbia, President of Eagle Forum, Midlands Business leader
 
Claire Lopez
-Retired CIA agent and nationally recognized speaker
 
Michael Cutler
-Nationally recognized speaker on immigration and national security
 
Kay McClanahan
-Columbia, First Female SLED Agent in the state of South Carolina (Ret.)
 
Bill Cox
-Orangeburg, Former CEO of Cox Wood, Inc.
 
Colonel (Ret.) Steve Vitali
-Columbia, Former Senior US advisor to the Southern Region of Afghanistan
 
Dr. Melissa Osborne
-Sumter, Veteran leader and Political Activist
 
Sheryl Patrick
-Santee, City Councilwoman, Former Mayor

Joe Rich
-Orangeburg, CEO Sunshine Steel
 
Wade C. Arnette
-Ladson, Former GOP chairman and Coroner of Berkeley County
 
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Jim Lechner
-Columbia, Veteran of multiple conflicts, State Business Leader
 
Terry Brown
-West Columbia, Midlands Business Leader
 
Bill Hancock
-West Columbia, Midlands Business Leader

Brian Arbuckle
-Aiken, County Republican Club Board Member

Richard Jeffress
-Greenville, Businessman
 
G.W. Berry
-Orangeburg, Midlands Business Leader
 
Bill Connor is a 23 year Airborne Ranger Infantry officer and Afghanistan combat veteran. He currently serves as a Lt. Colonel in the US Army reserves. He is a Citadel graduate who returned to SC after active military service.  He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 22 years and they have 3 children. The Connors make their home in Orangeburg, where Bill and a partner operate a small general practice law firm with an additional emphasis in military law.
 
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Now that all of the 4th quarter disclosures are published, there is some shape to the race to remove Lindsey Graham from office and install a candidate that will actually vote conservative values.

We're going to take a brief look at each of the candidates with pros and cons and give our take on how things stand

We've posted beside each candidate the amount of campaign cash they each have on-hand. Lee Bright's number is correct as he trails the others substantially in campaign funds.


Bill Connor - $223,563 Campaign cash on hand

Bill Connor has the potential to be a US Senator in the mold of Jim Demint, Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. Bill is a 23 year US Army Airborne Ranger, highly decorated for service including combat experience in Afghanistan. Connor has written for years regarding his conservative values and his passionate in his protection of the US Constitution.

Pros:

Extremely conservative on fiscal and social issues.

Military experience uniquely qualifies Connor on a wide variety of foreign policy issues

Has run a statewide campaign before and garnered over 100k votes in a 4 way race in 2010, making it to a runoff.

Spoke at the very first TEA Party rally in South Carolina in February of 2009, ignoring the advice of politicians avoiding it, including some in this race.

Being a combat veteran, the only one of the challengers that is, can appeal to the veteran vote which is a backbone of Lindsey Graham's support.

Very well-spoken. Performs extremely well in debates and public forums.

Financial disclosure shows great success as small business owner, attorney and wife is a very successful physician.

Graduated from the Citadel and the USC School of law.

Massive steering committee made up of strong, influential conservatives both state and nationwide. Including Maj Gen Paul Vallely and former GOP Greenville chair Stephen Brown.

Never held elected office. Not tainted by deals or favors.

Cons:

Never held elected office - While Connor was chairman of the SC GOP 6th district, has never been elected to office.

Wears fiscal and social conservatism on his sleeve. Lindsey Graham will appeal to moderates and democrats voting in open primary because of it.

Holds a firm line regarding foreign policy which is likely to alienate many of the isolationist Ron Paul supporters.

 

Lee Bright - $49,459 Campaign cash on hand

While Lee Bright has always voted conservatively in the SC State Senate, his hardline, fringe Ron Paul philosophy has alienated him with fellow senators, including the most conservative. Has not received any endorsements from well-known elected officials he's served with.

Pros:

As a SC State Senator, always voted for conservative issues.

Likable guy with the "aw shucks" crowd

Not afraid to stand his ground

Endorsed by the Rep Liberty Caucus, a Ron Paul based group.

While he doesn't answer the complex questions directly, speaking ability appeals to crowds.

Cons:

Never had a bill of which he was primary sponsor be passed into law. Inability to get enough support from fellow state senators would not transfer well to US Senate.

Aligned himself with the "Ron Paul" crowd which consists of only 10% of primary voters. Endorsed Ron Paul during the 2012 Presidential primary.

Has not attended college, has high school degree

Massive business failure and owes up to $3 million to various creditors. Not a good situation for a possible US Senator

Because of alignment with Ron Paulers, unable to raise enough money to compete legitimately. Lack of financial success also keeps Bright from donating to his own campaign as the others have done substantially.

Nancy Mace: $241,200 Campaign cash on hand

Pros:

First female graduate of the Citadel

Prior to leaving her job last year to be a stay-at-home Mom, successful PR exec

Background shows strong-willed and ability to overcome adversity

While she didn't serve in military, most of male members of family did or do

Liked by media because of female Citadel background

Very good fundraiser

Cons:

Dreadful showing at debates and forums. Unable to articulate responses to complex questions on potential role as US Senator

No grassroots support

Unwillingness to hit the ground and speak to groups around the state

Before selling her stake just before entering race, was co-owner of Fitsnews.com and partner of Will Folks, the blogger who claimed he had an affair with SC Governor Nikki Haley.


Richard Cash: $255,432 Campaign cash on hand

Pros:

Father of 8 children so experienced with governing large bodies

Very strong conservatively on social and fiscal issues. Like Connor, wears conservatism on his sleeve

Another likable guy

Cons:

A bit too likable, would get trampled in Washington

While extremely conservative, lack of any experience with foreign policy or political maneuvering.

 

There are things we like about each of the candidates above but its clear that Bill Connor is the only one capable of beating Lindsey Graham in a runoff and representing SC conservatives correctly in Washington. While Mace has raised some money, her lack of ability to articulate her stances is a drawback.

The immense debt and alignment with the Ron Paul crowd means Lee Bright is the candidate that the Lindsey Graham campaign would most want to see in a runoff, if there is one. Having up to $3 million owed to creditors basically means Bright cannot speak credibly on our national debt and regardless of whether he would or not, the perception would be he could be coerced into pushing legislation because of money owed.

Graham's campaign will continue to try and take away Connor's credibility. They already have the liberal newspapers around the state labeling Bill Connor "Orangeburg Attorney" instead of Citadel Grad, 6th Dist GOP chair, US Army Airborne Ranger, highly decorated combat veteran or something more fitting as they're labeling the others. Graham's campaign DOES NOT want to see Connor gain any additional ground and do see him as the most able to defeat Graham in a runoff.

There's over 4 months left until the primary and Connor's campaign is steadily gaining steam, in spite of what the bogus polls put out by the Bright and Graham campaigns would like you to believe. Those polls were bought and paid for by each of those camps and stated what the campaigns wanted them to.

Either way, we are 100% behind Bill Connor and will continue to push for Lindsey Graham's removal from elected office. His support for Barack Obama and the liberals has gone way too far and the time has come to put an end to Liberal Lindsey's charade.

By the way, we conducted our own poll and find Lindsey Graham at 35%, Connor at 24%, Mace 11%, Cash 5% and Bright 2%. 33% were undecided.


See how that works?

 

 
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I have a few questions for U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham supporters.

Lindsey supported and voted for Sotomayor and Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Does that mean you support liberal judges?

Both of those judges voted against the Defense of Marriage Act and for Obamacare. Does that mean you support Gay Marriage and Obamacare?

Lindsey wanted the Muslim Brotherhood back in power in Egypt. Does that mean you want them in power too?

Lindsey Graham declared war on the TEA Party. Does that mean you are a soldier in his army fighting the TEA Party?

Lindsey Graham wants amnesty for all illegal aliens living in this country. Does that mean you support making lawbreakers legal?

Lindsey Graham went against Jim Demint and supported sovereignty to the United Nations. Does that mean you want to live under the UN?

Opposed extending the Bush tax cuts effectively cutting the take-home pay of every legally working American. Does that mean you support higher taxes?

Supported Barack Obama regarding energy taxes and Cap & Trade. Does that mean you support further taxes?

Praised Hillary Clinton and her prospects for higher office calling her "smart, prepared and serious". Does that mean you support Hillary Clinton for President in 2016?

You simply cannot justify supporting Lindsey Graham for Senate unless you do indeed support all his stances on the issues above. And this is just a sampling.

Lindsey has betrayed conservatives over, and over, and over again yet you blindly follow like sheep.

I'm sure the liberal democrats in SC and Washington appreciate your help.

 
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