*Corrected February 26
Lawmakers checked the first week of the legislative session off their calendars this week, and so did another group–registered South Carolina lobbyists.
Critics have long noted the political revolving door between the Statehouse and the lobbying field, which attests to the adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
And while we would never dream of maligning the intentions of those working under the copper dome, it’s worth noting the backgrounds and family connections of the people working there. Approximately 40 of the more than 250 non-state employee lobbyists have either worked in state government or are related to someone who does. Our A-to-Z guide tells you who they are.
Use the guide to know who might be schmoozing whom when a critical issue comes up in the legislature this year.
Do you know of someone we missed? Please leave the details in the comment section below.
You may find the full list of state lobbyists who are not employed by the state here.
Robert Adams—Vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting firm in downtown Columbia. Worked in the administrations of governors David Beasley and Mark Sanford. Adams’ lobbyist principals—or clients on whose behalf he lobbied—include Lexington Medical Center, University of South Carolina, others.
Amber Setzler Barnes—Daughter of Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-West Columbia. A lobbyist for McGuireWoods.
Wayne Beam—Former regulator with the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Lobbyies for the City of North Myrtle Beach and others.
Billy Boan—Former House member who served as chief of staff for former Gov. Jim Hodges. Senior vice president of government relations at McGuireWoods.
Joan Brady—Former House member. Owner of Carolina Creative Strategies.
Douglas Bryant—Former DHEC commissioner.
Harry Cato—Former House Speaker Pro Tempore. The Greenville County Republican is a government relations consultant for the law firm, Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough.
Dwight Cauthen—Former staffer for governors Carroll Campbell and David Beasley. Owns the consulting firm, Silver Crescent LLC.
Bob Coble—Former Columbia mayor. Coble lobbies on behalf of such clients as Google for the law firm, Nexsen Pruet.
Dan Cooper—Former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The Anderson Republican now works as a government affairs consultant at Parker Poe Consulting.
Julie Cox—Former staffer for the House Ways and Means Committee. Partner at Capital Information Affiliates.
*The Carolina Leger had previously stated that Cam Crawford, lobbyist with the South Carolina Forestry Association, is married to Rep. Heather Ammons Crawford, R-Myrtle Beach. However, the lobbyist, Cam Crawford is different from the one who is married to Rep. Crawford.
Marissa Crawford-Former staffer for governors Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley. Owns MJC Consulting. A partner at Strategic Partners of S.C.
Wanda Crotwell—Former DHEC staffer. Registered lobbyist for the government relations firm, Mike Daniel and Associates.
Mike Daniel—Former Lt. Gov. and Representative from Cherokee County. President of Mike Daniel and Associates.
John DeWorken—Former staffer for the Senate Transportation Committee. Partner at the government relations firm, Sunnie and DeWorken.
Ronald Fulmer—Former House member. Partner at State Capitol Group.
Mark Harmon—Former Senate staffer. Lobbies for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Shelby Herbkersman-Daughter of Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Beaufort. Lobbyist for the South Carolina Association of Realtors.
Shirley Hinson—Former Republican Representative from Berkeley County. Director of government relations for the College of Charleston.
Julie Horton—Former staffer for the attorney general’s office. Lobbies for the City of Greenville
Buddy Jennings—Former director of the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Partner at government relations firm, Impact Consultants.
Damon Jeter—Richland County Councilman. Lobbies on behalf of such corporations as Verizon and International Paper Company.
Mark Kelley—Former House member. Principal in the government relations firm, Kelley, McCain and Smith-Owens.
Cynthia Konduros—Former SLED staffer. Lobbyist at the firm, Stewart Konduros and Associates.
Steve Lanford—Former House member. Executive Director at the South Carolina Podiatric Medical Association.
Mike Lefever—Former staffer for Gov. Jim Hodges. President for the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.
Tommy Moore—Former Aiken County Senator. Lobbies for such clients as Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Jon Ozmint—Former director of the Department of Corrections. Owns the consulting firm, The Ozmint Firm.
Josh Rhodes—Former House staffer. Attorney for the Association of Counties.
Jennifer Robinson—Former House staffer. Director of government relations for Santee Cooper.
Billy Routh—Former House staffer, former staffer for Gov. Beasley. Lobbyist for Copper Dome Strategies.
Clara Smith—Former House staffer. Executive director for Injured Workers’ Advocates
Heather Smith—Former staffer for the House Judiciary Committee. A partner with Southern Strategy Group.
Robert Stewart—Former State Law Enforcement Division Chief. Lobbyist for Stewart Konduros and Associates.
Graham Tew—Former staffer for Gov. Carroll Campbell. Director of governmental affairs at PRT. Consultant at Tompkins and Kinard.
Jeff Thordahl—Former staffer for Gov. Carroll Campbell. Lobbyist for Copper Dome Strategies.
Ben Twilley—Former staffer for the House and Senate. Lobbyist for Express Scripts.
Brad Wright—Former House staffer. Attorney with McNair Law Firm.
Jason Zacher—Former House staffer. Lobbyist for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
Dewitt Zemp—Former staffer for Gov. Beasley. Lobbyist for Southern Strategy Group.