COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A review of economic statements filed by South Carolina lawmakers and state officials has found they claimed $19.5 million in income in 2012.
The State newspaper reviewed the 179 statements (http://bit.ly/10ItRQR ) and found a wide disparity in what lawmakers put in the documents. State law requires lawmakers report any money they get from public sources.
State Sen. Tom Davis reported $2.3 million in income, even including the $1.1 million value of his Beaufort home. The Republican says he benefits from money spent on roads and utilities, so he reports his home's value.
On the other end, state Rep. B.R. Skelton didn't even disclose his $22,900 annual legislative salary as public income. The Pickens County Republican says he didn't know he was supposed to report it and amended his filing statements.