Sunday, December 23, 2012

Insurance industries play Santa Claus to S.C. politics

CHARLESTON, SC - As Tim Scott prepares to upgrade from his position as a Lowcountry congressman to a U.S. Senator, he, as well as other S.C. politicians, should be thanking insurance industries this Christmas.

According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, insurance industries in the state of S.C. have contributed almost half a million dollars to state politics.

Half a million dollars seems a bit extreme considering S.C. politics oftentimes serves as comic relief in the political world.

Yet insurance industries seem to relish in the destruction that is S.C. politics, only falling behind actual political parties and candidates themselves in the race of who can waste contribute the most money.

However, insurance industries aren't insuring the financial stability of all political parties equally.  It seems as though they're wrapping up their financial gifts with red wrapping paper peppered with tiny elephants.

After all, Republicans are notorious for their extravagance in the financial department.  They have better sports cars, larger mansions and a fleet of sailboats that must be insured on top of their political careers.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield leads the insurance world as they gave roughly 80% of their funds to Republican candidates.

But it's the Tea Party who should be the most grateful for insurance industries and their lobbyists in their expensive and attractive suits.  Gov. Nikki Haley was graciously given over three times what her Democratic opponent Vincent Sheheen was awarded when she ran for governor two years ago.

But should Republicans take this money blindly?  With more money coming in, doesn't that mean that they have more damages that need repairing?

Maybe they just shouldn't look the gift horse (or Aflac duck) in the mouth.


  1. Er ... Tim Scott was NOT a 'Lowcountry congressman' and insurance contributions to STATE politics do not affect him ... since 2010, he was a US Congressman. A small point, but since you LED the article with it, it would be nice to be accurate.

  2. With more money coming in, doesn't that mean that they have more damages that need repairing