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Republican candidate for governor exposes his rivals’ campaign funding from the nuclear industry

GOP governor hopeful says his rivals are tainted by nuclear cash, BY JAMIE SELF, jself@thestate.com, March 15, 2018 

A Republican running for governor says his rivals have something he lacks: a tie to the utilities responsible for a failed multi billion-dollar effort to build two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County.

Greenville real-estate lender John Warren is calling on his rivals to return campaign contributions they have received from the utilities, Cayce-based SCANA and officials tied to state-owned Santee Cooper.

“Their judgment is clouded by special interests, but I have a plan to address the V.C. Summer crisis that starts with cleaning house,” said Warren on Tuesday in a statement.

Warren’s main targets in the attack are Republican Catherine Templeton, who has received $15,000 in contributions from board members of Santee Cooper, and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, who received at least $115,000 in contributions from SCANA, its employees and leaders before the utility’s announcement last July that it was abandoning efforts to build two nuclear reactors at its V.C. Summer Nuclear Station.

After that announcement, McMaster became a vocal critic of SCANA, saying its customers either should get the two nuclear reactors they were promised or their money back. The governor also has called for the sale of Santee Cooper, SCANA’s junior partner in the deal, and forced the release of a damning report about the nuclear project.

McMaster has said he has no plans to return the SCANA-related donations.

……. Templeton has received at least $15,000 in campaign donations from Santee Cooper board members and their families, including $3,500 from former Santee Cooper board chairman Leighton Lord……On Day 1 as governor, Warren says he will fire the entire Santee Cooper board and push legislation to stop utilities involved in the nuclear project from continuing to charge their customers for it. He also says he would call for a forensic audit and valuation of Santee Cooper, push for the preservation of the two unfinished V.C. Summer reactors and encourage the sale of equipment on the site.
Reporter Avery G. Wilks contributed.; Jamie Self: 803-771-8658, @jamiemself http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article204896769.html

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March 19, 2018 - Posted by | politics, USA

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