83 percent of Mulvaney's support from outside district

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By The Staff

This letter is in response to an article on the second-quarter finance reports of U.S. Congressman John Spratt and his challenger, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney, as reported in The Lancaster News (July 23) and Carolina Gateway (July 28). The piece quoted several Mulvaney releases in which he painted himself as the favorite and the most supported by local residents.

Neither paper, it appears, fact-checked his statements, though campaign finance reports are readily available from the Federal Election Commission at http://www.fec.gov/disclosure.shtml.

A fact-check at this government site reveals some interesting findings about Mulvaney’s second-quarter fund raising and raises questions about his support from local residents.

u $135,000 of the money raised during the second quarter was a loan Mulvaney made to his own campaign.

u Mulvaney raised a total of $165,861.44 from contributions.

u Only $27,880 (17 percent) was raised within the 5th District. One family contributed $12,000, so, excluding that one contribution, he raised only $15,880 (10 percent) from other residents in the 5th District.

u Eighty-three percent of his contributions came from outside the 5th District.

It appears that the people in the 5th District are learning that Mick Mulvaney is not one of us. He holds extreme views that are dangerous for our country and we are not going to embrace his radical libertarian philosophy.

Evadna Kronquist

Indian Land