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Sanford shuns reform by hosting political fundraiser on mansion grounds
September 8, 2005

September 7, 2005
News Release - For Immediate Release
Contact: Lachlan McIntosh (803) 799-7798

Today, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Joe Erwin reacted to the news that Governor Mark Sanford has moved away from the commitment of the past Governor by hosting a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion on October 1st. Using the Governor's Mansion grounds for political fundraising was an important issue in the 1998 election for Governor. Then-Governor
David Beasley was heavily criticized for using the grounds, which is on official state property, for political fundraising.  

A June 1997 editorial in the Post and Courier reads: "A ban on fund-raising events by no means would have to interfere with the governor's right to invite political friends or anyone else he chooses to the state's official residence. But the distinction is drawn between
making political points and raising political dollars on other state properties. The governor's mansion should be no exception." The newspaper's editorial also said that questioning Beasley's use of the complex for fundraising proposes was important because "that's one way to spur reform."

Former Governor Jim Hodges kept his promise not to use mansion property to raise money for his campaign or any political party. 

"Mark this one down as yet another broken promise from Mark Sanford. He promised us real campaign finance reform but instead he's reverted back to the good ol' boy cash and carry politics of yesterday," Erwin said. "For all his talk about reform we now find out that he has no problem with auctioning off the Governor's Mansion to highest political bidder."

"Governor Sanford has failed to create good jobs for our state, he's failed to improve public education, and now it appears he's no longer even going to pretend to be a reformer," Erwin said. 


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