In his campaign commercials and statements, Mark Sanford has claimed three things that I know to be factually incorrect. Specifically:
No union attempted to take jobs away from Boeing's North Charleston facility. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Everett, Wash., did file a complaint, but specifically stated in the filing that it did not seek any of the jobs from the North Charleston facility and publicly stated that it would not accept any of those jobs in a settlement.
Documentation that confirms the falsehood of Sanford's allegations is publicly accessible. The Elizabeth Colbert Busch campaign has not received any donations from Rep. Nancy Pelosi, nor her political action committee. Public records available from the Federal Election Commission confirm that. Sanford's claims that Pelosi is "anti-Boeing" also appear to be false; Boeing's PAC donated $10,000 to Pelosi's re-election campaign in 2012. Were the congresswoman actually "anti-Boeing," as the Sanford campaign claims, the company would not have donated so much to aid Pelosi's re-election last year. These records are also publicly accessible.
Sanford and his campaign should retract those statements and cease from their continued distribution.
I also would like to remind voters that truth-in-advertising laws have little applicability in political ads, and allow such blatant falsehoods to be purveyed without penalty.
After the May 7 election, perhaps that technicality should be the focus of public attention.