State of South Carolina Archives: on Government Reform


Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Will return 10% of congressional salary to the government

Colbert Busch said that, if elected, she would return 10 percent of her congressional salary to the government.

The latest finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Colbert Busch has raised more money than Sanford--about $1.2 million to about $790,000. But money from his old campaign accounts left Sanford with about the same amount as Colbert Busch for the campaign.

Colbert Busch is currently on leave from her job as director of business development for Clemson University's Wind Turbine Drive Testing Facility in North Charleston.

Source: News12 on 2013 S.C. House District 1 debate Apr 29, 2013

Mark Sanford: I was against earmarks before being anti-earmark was cool

[Colbert-Busch] cited Sanford's vote against the dredging of the Charleston port while he was a member of Congress. Colbert Busch said she met with then-US Rep. Sanford when she was working as a government liaison for a maritime company to encourage him to support the dredging project. Sanford, she said, indicated he would do so. "And, in fact, you didn't tell the truth. In fact, you turned around and did the opposite," Colbert Busch said to Sanford.

Sanford fired back that Colbert Busch later wrote him a $500 campaign-contribution check. "I don't think it must have bothered her that much, given she wrote a $500 check in support of my candidacy," said Sanford, smiling. Sanford also denied Colbert Busch's statements that he did not support the dredging and other economic-development projects, saying he disagreed with the methods of paying for the projects, not the actual projects. "Because I was against (congressional) earmarks before being against earmarks was cool," he said.

Source: TheState.com on 2013 S.C. House District 1 debate Apr 29, 2013

Brad Hutto: Limit corporate and PAC campaign contributions

Q: Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates: Individual?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Action Committee?

A: Yes.

Q:Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Party?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information??

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls??

A: No.

Hutto adds, "Until the State is prepared to issue new voter id cards with photos, then the current requirements of a voter registration card should be allowed. Changes to the law should only apply once a new card is issued to a voter."

Source: S.C. Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Nikki Haley: We capped lawsuit damages; next tort reform is loser-pays

Until 2011, South Carolina was the only state in the southeast that did not cap damages on lawsuits. Thanks to the people in this room, that is no longer the case. That was a huge first step. Remember that there is always more to be done on tort reform. Looking at the states we compete with--the Tennessees, the Alabamas, the Virginias--it would be na‹ve to think they will settle for playing second fiddle to South Carolina in the economic arms race. They will scrap for jobs every bit as hard as we will. And the greater the protection we give our people and businesses from frivolous lawsuits, the better positioned we will be to capitalize on other assets. The next step in tort reform is a loser-pays system, so that there is a real cost to suits that waste the time and money of our businesses and our courts, and that our companies understand that South Carolina won't stand for trial lawyers playing games with their bottom line.
Source: 2012 S.C. State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Lee Bright: Require photo ID, and inspection of ID, in order to vote

Lee Bright voted Yea on bill H 3003, to pass a bill that requires voters to present a form of photo identification in order to vote. Vote Smart's Synopsis: