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Sanford Chooses Price Gougers Over Working Families
June 8, 2006

News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Patrick Norton
(803) 799-7798

Yesterday, Governor Mark Sanford vetoed legislation that allows the attorney general to prosecute cases of price gouging.  The bill overwhelmingly passed both the House and Senate because of Hurricane Katrina's impact on the price of fuel in South Carolina last year. After Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, gasoline prices in South Carolina surged as high as $4.79 a gallon in some places.  The attorney general's office received over 1,500 complaints of price gouging, but the attorney general was powerless to investigate fully or prosecute the cases because Governor Mark Sanford refused to declare a state of emergency.

The legislation Sanford vetoed yesterday would have allowed prosecutors to charge someone with price gouging without a declaration of disaster in South Carolina if the President declares an emergency in another state and that event affects South Carolina's markets.

Patrick Norton, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Democratic Party, called Sanford's actions disturbing:

"This is almost beyond belief.  Why would the Governor want to protect price gougers?  Gas prices are already high enough for working families in this state.  Most people can't afford to pay $4.00 or more for a gallon of gas should another hurricane hit this season."

"Giving the attorney general the ability to prosecute price gougers is a no-brainer.  Sanford is showing us that he'd rather side with greedy price gougers who take advantage of natural disasters than regular people who are already having enough trouble paying for gas.

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