Thursday, April 22, 2010

Andre Bauer hoards campaign cash

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM

Andre Bauer has without a doubt the weirdest campaign around.

He invites folks over to his house in the Upstate.

He invites folks to join him at the gym for a workout.

And he invites folks to send him money and in return he'll give them a personal phone call.

You think I'm lying? I'm not. Bauer has done each and every one of these things.

Now, he wants voters to know that although he's more than happy to take their campaign donations, he's just not that cool with spending it, even though the GOP gubernatorial primary is just two months away, according to a recent press release:

We wanted to take a minute to share with you something we find remarkable. We are all fed up with out-of-control government spending, and every candidate for governor is promising to rein it in. However, the graph below illustrates there is only one candidate who is practicing real fiscal restraint in this campaign - André Bauer.

Take a look at the money raised and the money being spent by each gubernatorial candidate below. If safeguarding campaign funds is an indicator of how a candidate will govern, André Bauer will be a fine steward of your hard-earned tax dollars.

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Barrett spent 36.7% of all money raised
McMaster spent 24.7% of all money raised
Haley spent 30% of all money raised
Bauer spent 10.4% of all money raised

We value every single penny as if it were our own money, and we're working hard to make sure it is used in the most beneficial way possible to help spread our message of Fiscal Restraint, Job Creation, Breaking Cycles of Dependency, and Hard Work.

With this in mind, you can be certain your online donation of $10, $25, or $50 will be put to good use. Our campaign understands your generosity during these tough economic times, and if elected, you can bet André Bauer's administration will run the Palmetto State with the same conservative approach.

While it's easy to applaud Bauer's thriftiness, the question remains, exactly when does he plan to spend this money? Everyone with any lick of sense knows that the South Carolina governor's race ends on June 8, Primary Day. If Andre hopes to beat S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, and state Rep. Nikki Haley, he needs to spend it now.

McMaster has that whole all-white country club thing against him and Barrett is just a little too tight with the Bob Jones crowd for Lowcountry tastes, and Haley has the stench of Gov. Mark Sanford all over her, but Bauer's got more than enough strikes against him as it is. Just saying.

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