Usually in special elections, both Democratic and Republican members of Congress and their leadership PACs act as an immediate source of campaign funds that can be moved quickly into any race around the country. However, in Tuesday's South Carolina 1st District race, it's mostly the Democratic money that is moving.
With almost all the national Republicans shunning the Mark Sanford campaign, we're seeing more Democratic members' money going to South Carolina.
In new last-minute contribution reports filed over the weekend, Elizabeth Colbert Busch has received funds from House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's leadership PAC, AmeriPAC: Fund for a Greater America $5,000; Van Hollen for Congress ($1,000); Anna Eshoo for Congress ($1,000); Matsui for Congress ($1,000); and Friends of Dan Kildee ($1,000).
PAC money is also going to Busch. She reported she received $2,600 from Viacom International Inc. PAC; $2,500 from the National Treasury Employees PAC; $5,000 from the International Assn. of Firefighters Interested in Registration and Education PAC; $2,500 from the Seafarers Political Activity Donation; and $1,000 from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare PAC.
Both Sanford and Busch have reported numerous individual contributions, with more from out-of-state contributions appearing in the last few days. Mark Sanford received $2,600 from Georgette Mosbacher (CEO Borghese Inc., N.Y.) and $5,200 from Patrick (investments, WCAS Management) and Carol Welsh of Vero Beach, Fla., among others. Elizabeth Busch received $2,600 from Swanne Hunt (lecturer, Harvard University, Mass.), and $1,000 from Gail Furman (psychologist, N.Y.), among others.
Independent Women's Voice, an independent expenditure group opposing Busch, reported spending $32,48 on May 5 for live phone calls; $16,005 on broadcast TV time; $7,942 on May 5 print ads; and $7,107 on May 6 print ads.