Charleston, SC – March 18, 2013 – The Sanford for Congress campaign today completed its “Seven Reasons for Sanford” series, a reminder to voters in the First District that while others may talk about cutting debt and spending, Sanford has actually done it.
Reason #7: Sanford has a record of standing up to big spenders, regardless of party.
- He pushed lawmakers to repay nearly $1 billion in debt and deficits, including a $155 million unconstitutional deficit that Sanford famously highlighted using two piglets, “Pork and Barrel.”
- Sanford was the first governor to formally reject stimulus funding, and fought its acceptance all the way to the SC Supreme Court.
- Sanford ended the practice of “bobtailing,” wherein legislators had attached unrelated pork projects to larger bills.
- Sanford issued an Executive Order ending “pass-through” spending for his Cabinet agencies, a practice where legislators had secretly directed agency funding back to their districts.
- He produced the first operational Executive Budgets in state history, and issued hundreds of budget vetoes with $260 million worth being sustained in 2010 alone.
- Sanford’s vetoes ended the “competitive grants” slush fund, saving taxpayers $46 million a year.
- “Our stands on spending have ruffled feathers and been lonely at times, but they show our steadfast dedication to being good stewards of not just this generation’s tax dollars, but those of our kids and grandkids,” Sanford said. “The bottom line is that if we don’t take a strong stand against federal spending immediately, the consequences will be disastrous – and I’ll be ready to take a leading role in that fight from day one.
“Too many people elected under the Republican mantle have lost their way when it comes to spending, and have instead embraced ‘go-along, get-along’ politics. The reality is that we’ll never get our fiscal house in order if people are afraid to challenge the status quo. Tough choices have to be made that won’t always make everyone happy, but they’re nonetheless vital to the future prosperity of our nation.”