Monday, April 10, 2006

Former Tenenbaum Deputy Donatin' to Staton

FITS has learned that so-called "Republican" candidate for State Superintendent of Education Bob Staton received a campaign contribution this quarter from one Molly M. Spearman, a former Deputy Superintendent under outgoing Democratic State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum (right).

Spearman, who currently heads up the liberal S.C. Association of School Administrators, is also a former state legislator from Saluda County.

Among "Republican" Staton's other contributers are Carl B. Epps III, who argued the now infamous equity funding lawsuit for the plaintiff school districts last year, and Dan Campbell, CEO of Chernoff-Newman, the liberal ad agency behind the ongoing "Beware the Wolf" campaign against school choice in South Carolina.

And let's not forget Greenville's Craig Stine, a Staton contributor affiliated with ultra-liberal political advocacy group MoveOn.org.

Count on FITS to bring you more on "Status Quo" Staton's filing, along with other campaign related news as the candidates for statewide office here in South Carolina put their financial cards on the table.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about the multiple donations from people with the last name 'rentiers?'

5:02 PM

Anonymous Me said...

Wow...better watch out for those liberal Rentiers'...that whopping $375.00 is big news. Not to mention, Staton's campaign manager with the same last name has previously worked for uber-libs like Joe Wilson, the SC GOP and the RNC. Wait, I see a black Helicopter, gotta run!

7:00 PM

Anonymous Palmetto Voice said...

well, this begs a good working over...we will be glad to take a look.

Let's just see what K-Flo's donors have been up to recently. Our guess is, everyone has a record. Will, you are a shill.

Stay tuned...

11:48 PM

Blogger Laurin Manning said...

Molly Spearman is a former Republican legislator who left the House of Representatives when she was tapped by Tenenbaum to serve as a liaison between the SDE and the General Assembly. She is highly-regarded across party lines and gave up her seat in the legislature -- a seat in which her father served throughout most of the 1960's and 70's -- because of her commitment to education. She is a former elementary music teacher and one-time Lexington 5 District Teacher of the Year. I daresay her credentials with respect to education are impeccable. She's been my role model since I was 16, and I can think of no finer endorsement any candidate cound receive than that of Molly Spearman. She's a true Southern lady who's spent her career serving the children and the people of this state.

1:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Paula Harper Bethea? I suppose she's a liberal too? I think the Campbells would disagree....

1:48 AM

Anonymous TK said...

Well, we have an agency president named David Campbell. That would be the same guy who used to work for Trent Lott, that ol' liberal cuss.

And, yeah, this is one bad-ass liberal agency alright - that's why we backed tort reform, workers comp reform, Right to Farm legislation, billboard legislation, the Education Accountability Act (your guys remember that liberal David Beasley, don't you?), loaned Sanford a staffer to put on a Bush fundraiser back in 2002 and coordinated his inaugural celebration. It's getting to the point that a good conservative like me can hardly stand to be around this liberal bastards.

8:58 AM

Anonymous T.J. said...

Well if it makes you feel any better, Karen Floyd got $2500.00 from Karen Iacovelli, Stanford's former EOC appointee. The remarkable thing about it is that Iacovelli publicly stated that she supported the elmination of public education.

Isn't that wonderful? A candidate for the head public education spot getting money from someone who supports eliminating public education. Wowsers batman!

9:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Didn't we see someone with the "Folks" last name on Bob Staton's disclosure?

1:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly Spearman was a divisive figure among the "inside baseball" crowd at the Statehouse her last several years of working for Inez. She was vehemently opposed to Sanford's educational ideas (even those other than PPIC) and used her bureaucratic expertise to try and stifle them whenever she could. Her new job is fairly apropos to that.

Just like every other legislator that finds themselves in a high paying job at a state agency, she did it in large part because her legislative service enabled her to vest in the state retirement system without the years of service required by regular state employees.

2:10 PM

Anonymous Will Folks said...

Dear Anonymous Friend,

You certainly did see someone with the last name "Folks" on Mr. Staton's campaign disclosure form.

His name is Robert K. Folks of Lancaster, S.C., and in addition to being my father's younger brother, he is also the former Chairman of the Lancaster County School Board, a position he held for over a decade.

Robert runs his own law firm in Lancaster, was a major contributer to former Gov. Jim Hodges and other Democratic candidates and his son, my cousin Andrew Folks, was Hodges' deputy finance director during the 2002 campaign.

As it turns out my family has Republicans, Democrats and yes, one fairly outspoken fiscally conservative libertarian in its ranks. We are a political melting pot, if you will.

Nonetheless, your comment has successfully demonstrated - unintentionally, we are quite sure - that the Democratic Folks (pardon the pun) are indeed backing Mr. Staton, which I suppose is only fitting seeing as Mr. Staton is in fact a Democrat, whether he or his Republican for Education signs want to admit it or not.

Thank you,


2:55 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

tj - let's face it, it's far easier to abandon and shutter public schools than to try to address the legitimate problems that can be solved.

i support school choice, but i also support getting rid of the red tape and give these people the freedom to teach, run their schools and kick the trash and riff-raff out.

if we do this, i'll bet a lot of public schools would give the private schools a run for their money in a free-market education system.

i'm sure someone will swear i'm a democrat for suggesting that public schools have a place in our community, but oh well.

they know what part of my body they can kiss.

3:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally off subject....i just had to point out...that pic of inez looks like a headshot of john cusack in drag

8:55 PM


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