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SC Club for Growth Makes History

September 18th, 2014 by SC CFG

September 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SC CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC MAKES HISTORY

page1image2208Network of Fiscal Conservatives Endorses a Democrat for Statewide office

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Club for Growth, a network of fiscal conservatives, made history today by endorsing its first statewide Democratic candidate – Ginny Deerin – who is running for Secretary of State.

“We are endorsing Ginny Deerin for three reasons,” said SC Club for Growth Chairman Dave Ellison. “First, her plan to cut the budget, cut the fees and cut regulations in the Secretary of State’s office compellingly aligns with our commitment to fiscal conservatism.”

“Second, her opponent – the 12-year incumbent – has allowed the Secretary of State’s office to become a bloated bureaucracy that wastes taxpayers’ money and makes doing business in our state more cumbersome for South Carolina companies and charities.”

“Third, Ginny Deerin wants to make our state government more efficient, not only by cutting the budget, fees and regulations in the Secretary of State’s office but also by making the Secretary of State an appointed office, rather than an elected one.”

Since its formation a decade ago, this is the very first time that the Club for Growth has endorsed a Democratic candidate for state-wide office. “Our mission is to support viable, pro-growth, fiscally conservative candidates,” Ellison said. “In the race for Secretary of State, Ginny Deerin is clearly the candidate who meets our criteria. The current Secretary of State’s office is inefficient and out of step with the times. For example, of the 139 forms and fees managed by that office, only four can presently be completed online. In today’s digital world, that is unacceptable. It represents a waste of time and money for South Carolina companies, charities and taxpayers. And it slows down the economic growth our state needs and deserves. Ginny Deerin has a plan to change that. And that is why we are going to do everything we can in support of her candidacy.”

Ginny Deerin has a 40-year career of success in marketing and communications, consulting in the areas of non-profit management, fundraising and marketing, and founding WINGS for Kids, an education program that has been recognized as one of the best-managed non-profits in South Carolina.

In recognition of lifetime achievement and community service, she is the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.

“I am very grateful for the endorsement of South Carolina’s Club for Growth,” Deerin said. “This is a widely respected organization that rigorously identifies and supports fiscally conservative candidates. I am proud that they find my plan to cut the budget, cut fees and cut regulations in the Secretary of State’s office merits their support. And I am honored that they are making history by endorsing my candidacy.”

South Carolina Club for Growth PAC is a network of fiscal conservatives dedicated to expanding the prosperity of working families through the Reagan doctrine of lower taxes, smaller government and free enterprise. The mission of SC Club for Growth PAC is to support viable pro-growth, fiscally conservative candidates. In the past, our efforts have included mail pieces, television ads, and candidate endorsements in critical races.

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The South Carolina Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote “NO” on any motion to override Governor Haley’s budget vetoes. Sadly the House sustained very few vetoes and approved a backdoor pay raise for themselves 20 minutes after they voted against it. Today, fiscal conservatives in the Senate have a chance to prove that they care how our tax dollars are spent.

The 76 vetoes in the 2014-2015 budget represent $18.5 million in pork projects, duplicative programs and poor budgeting practices. What budget discipline will ever exist if compromise in Columbia is defined as: “I’ll support your (museum, sports program, etc – you fill in the blank), if you will support mine”? Rather than trade favors with each other, we believe your higher calling is to prioritize the state’s major needs like roads, the unfunded retirement pension, etc. We believe you are in office as stewards of South Carolina’s future. It is a high calling.   

As in previous years this budget contains excessive spending that leaves taxpayers picking up the tab. Specifically the following items should have never been included in the budget and we encourage Representatives to sustain these vetoes:

Vetoes 34-38: These items could easily be funded by private donations or money from local governments – if they are a priority for local residents.

Vetoes 55 and 57: These two vetoes eliminate state funding for youth sports programs and football exhibition games. While sports can be an important part of a child’s development, it is not a core function of state government to support these programs.

Veto 59: The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, billed as the largest event of its kind in the US, had $200,000 removed in this veto. An event that has been this successful for decades should not have to rely on state funding which will indirectly subsidize the take home pay of the CEO.

Veto 72: Any taxpayer money that is appropriated for non-state programs should be scrutinized carefully. Giving money to fix buildings that do not house a core function and that the state does not own is a slippery slope and not one legislators should try to navigate.

Vetoes 73 and 74: While well intentioned, these two projects do not benefit South Carolinians as a whole. If these projects are as important as legislators believe they are then local governments should step up and fund these projects.

Veto 76: Legislators claim their salaries are not high enough and felt the need to backdoor in a pay raise. If legislators feel they are not fairly compensated they could shorten our much too long session to increase their hourly pay. Sneaking a legislative pay raise in through a budget proviso is bad public policy and will be scored heavily on the scorecard.

Responsible spending has been a focus of the South Carolina Club for Growth since our founding.  Select vetoes from this year’s budget veto message will be a part of the SC Club for Growth Foundation’s 2014 Scorecard.

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The South Carolina Club for Growth urges all Representatives to vote “NO” on any motion to override Governor Haley’s budget vetoes.

The 76 vetoes in the 2014-2015 budget represent $18.5 million in pork projects, duplicative programs and poor budgeting practices. What budget discipline will ever exist if compromise in Columbia is defined as: “I’ll support your (museum, sports program, etc – you fill in the blank), if you will support mine”? Rather than trade favors with each other, your higher calling is to prioritize the state’s major needs like roads, the unfunded retirement pension, etc. You are in office as stewards of South Carolina’s future. It is a high calling.   

As in previous years this budget contains excessive spending that leaves taxpayers picking up the tab. Specifically the following items should have never been included in the budget and we encourage Representatives to sustain these vetoes:

Vetoes 34-38: These items could easily be funded by private donations or money from local governments – if they are a priority for local residents.

Vetoes 55 and 57: These two vetoes eliminate state funding for youth sports programs and football exhibition games. While sports can be an important part of a child’s development, it is not a core function of state government to support these programs.

Veto 59: The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, billed as the largest event of its kind in the US, had $200,000 removed in this veto. An event that has been this successful for decades should not have to rely on state funding which will indirectly subsidize the take home pay of the CEO.

Veto 61: This veto removed money for the Carolina Panthers training camp in Spartanburg. An out of state football team worth over a billion dollars owned by an out of state billionaire should be able to pick up their $75,000 cost rather than putting that burden on the taxpayers of South Carolina.

Veto 72: Any taxpayer money that is appropriated for non-state programs should be scrutinized carefully. Giving money to fix buildings that do not house a core function and that the state does not own is a slippery slope and not one legislators should try to navigate.

Vetoes 73 and 74: While well intentioned, these two projects do not benefit South Carolinians as a whole. If these projects are as important as legislators believe they are then local governments should step up and fund these projects.

Veto 76: Legislators claim their salaries are not high enough and felt the need to backdoor in a pay raise. If legislators feel they are not fairly compensated they could shorten our much too long session to increase their hourly pay. Sneaking a legislative pay raise in through a budget proviso is bad public policy and will be scored heavily on the scorecard.

Responsible spending has been a focus of the South Carolina Club for Growth since our founding.  Select vetoes from this year’s budget veto message will be a part of the SC Club for Growth Foundation’s 2014 Scorecard.

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Dear Concerned South Carolinian,

Are you tired of politicians saying one thing and doing another?

What if a candidate said they were a Republican but gave Democrats thousands of dollars in contributions?

Would you vote for them?

That’s what one candidate for Superintendent of Education is doing right now.

Molly Spearman is campaigning as a Republican but the majority of her political contributions have been to Democrats. She even gave $1,000 to an Obama appointee.

We don’t think it’s right for politicians to say or do anything to get elected, especially when they are in charge of our children’s education.

To find out more about Molly’s folly please watch the short video below and share with your friends.

And make sure on Tuesday, June 10th you tell Molly you have had enough of her folly.

 

 

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