Pac Man Sanford
Governor Mark Sanford's campaign called FITS' home office this morning, insisting that the story we posted earlier today regarding the "Carolinians for Change" PAC was untrue and that the organization was not, as we originally asserted, the governor's PAC.
"You gotta take that post down," we were told by the campaign. "It's not true."
According to the Sanford campaign, the governor has "no involvement whatsoever" with the PAC's operations, despite the fact that his wife, First Lady Jenny Sanford, is actively soliciting contributions for it from special interest groups.
Backing up their demand-slash-request that the post be taken down, the Sanford campaign claims to be sending us some legal documents proving that the governor is not involved with the PAC's operation.
Incidentally, we were also not-so-subtly informed by the campaign that leaving our original post up might be bad for business, so to speak.
So let's recap ... after getting caught with their hands in the special interest cookie jar (well, Jenny Sanford's hands anyway), the governor's campaign wants us to a) accept the premise that he's totally clean because his name doesn't appear on the group's articles of incorporation, and b) "think about our future," to borrow a Sam Giancana line.
Obviously, if our original story was wrong, we will correct it. We're not in the business of publishing false information (well, except for our Onion-esque political satire stories), and we will publish whatever information the Sanford campaign provides regarding the governor's involvement - or lack thereof - with this organization.
We do think, however, that whether the governor's name is on the articles of incorporation of this PAC or not, it's pretty evident what's going on here. After all, when the First Lady of South Carolina is telling other PACs to give their money to this group "since Mark doesn't take PAC money," does Sanford's name not being directly linked to the organization really prove there's no connection?
We also think that the Sanford campaign's response to all of this pretty much speaks for itself.
What's the old expression? A hit dog hollers?
To be continued ...