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Gov. Sanford Unveils Internet Disclosure Proposal
July 14, 2005


Contact: Will Folks 803-734-2100 [email protected] 
Columbia, S.C. - July 14, 2005 - Gov. Mark Sanford today asked his appointees to the State Ethics Commission to move forward with a plan that will provide online disclosure of campaign contributions for candidates on the ballot in the upcoming 2006 elections. The State Ethics Commission, which oversees South Carolina's campaign disclosure reports, has said previously that online disclosure would not be available for the 2006 elections due to the "time needed to secure a vendor." Working with the state Chief Information Office (CIO), Gov. Sanford and his staff have identified an existing state contract with South Carolina Interactive that provides portal services to all state agencies at no expense to the state. Using this existing contract, the State Ethics Commission will be able to provide immediate online access to contribution information, saving taxpayers $318,000 in "Maybank Money" currently budgeted for this expense.        

"I've said from day one that sunlight is the ultimate disinfectant in the political process and that the people of this state have a right to know who's trying to influence their votes," Gov. Sanford said. "We took a big step forward two years ago when we signed a landmark campaign finance reform bill that had been gathering dust for years in Columbia. Putting this information on the Internet for every South Carolinian to see is another important step forward in realizing our goal of creating a more open and accountable government."

A central tenet of his 2002 campaign, Gov. Sanford signed sweeping campaign finance reform into law in June, 2003, ending a four-and-a-half year struggle that included a gubernatorial veto in 2000 after similar legislation had passed both chambers of the General Assembly. Gov. Sanford, who has also consistently pushed for online disclosure since taking office in 2003, said the $318,000 in taxpayer savings should go directly toward repaying money borrowed in previous years from trust and reserve funds.

South Carolina Interactive is a subsidiary of NICUSA, which has worked with more than 10 states to implement online campaign finance disclosure reporting.



Will Folks
Press Secretary, Governor Mark Sanford
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