The group of candidates for the office of South Carolina Governor earned a median of $394,000 a year from 2014 to 2016, based on submitted tax returns, about eight times higher than the median SC household figure $49,500.
The analysis was based on documentation provided to the Post and Courier, who requested copies of Federal tax returns and accompanying forms, filed from 2014 to 2016, from the three Democrats and five Republicans who have filed to run for the office.
Among the findings:
Marguerite Willis (Democrat antitrust attorney, Florence) earned $1.7 million (2015) and $1.4 million (2016)
Catherine Templeton (Republican attorney, Mount Pleasant) and her husband averaged nearly $1.1 million in 2014 and 2015
Gov. Henry McMaster earned on average $432,657 from his family’s 20 rental homes, a salary as a USC fundraiser and as the Republican lieutenant governor, and Social Security.
John Warren (Republican real estate lender, Greenville) earned on average $479,790 from his business as well as undisclosed partnerships
Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant: $156,692, from his pay as a Republican state senator ownership in his family’s pharmacy and medical supply business.
Former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill, $120,809 from salary as a Republican state senator and lieutenant governor, Social Security and pension
Phil Noble (Democrat business and technology consultant, Charleston) $101,276, which includes his wife’s accounting job
Bryant, McMaster, McGill and Noble fully complied with the paperwork requests. Templeton provided just main 1040 forms for her and her husband. Willis provided the 1040 forms for her and her husband for 2015 and 2016. Warren’s submission had “some key forms” missing and some data blacked out.
The only candidate who declined to share copies of his returns: Democratic state Rep. James Smith, who said he will wait until a later date.