Mark Sanford leads in campaign money; Curtis Bostic camp says it's not worried

In this file photo, Mark Sanford speaks to supporters and members of the media at Bluffton BBQ in Bluffton.
In this file photo, Mark Sanford speaks to supporters and members of the media at Bluffton BBQ in Bluffton. Staff photo

Former Gov. Mark Sanford is dominating the 1st Congressional District money race as he heads into a Republican primary runoff with Charleston attorney Curtis Bostic.

Sanford, who lives in Charleston and whose family has long owned land in Beaufort County, has nearly $272,000 to spend on the April 2 runoff and, if he wins, the May 7 general election, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Bostic, a former Charleston County Council member, trails with nearly $57,000 to spend.

In the weeks leading to the primary -- Feb. 28 through March 13 -- Sanford raised 15 times more than Bostic from donors in the district and eight other states.

Meanwhile, Bostic raised his money from in-district residents.

Sanford has loaned no money to his own campaign. Bostic has loaned $150,000 to his.

Sanford, in Bluffton on Friday to receive local endorsements, said money is an important part of the race, allowing him to travel across the 1st District to talk to voters about cutting federal spending and reducing debt.

"It leverages the ability to talk to more people, to travel as much as we can," he said.

On Friday, Bostic's campaign reiterated that the winner will not be determined by who can raise the most. Much of Bostic's support at the polls is thought to have come from area church members, listeners to his Christian radio shows and those involved in nonprofit groups that Bostic has helped through the years.

Bostic's farm, Peaceful Way in Charleston County, is visited by thousands of residents each year. Nonprofit organizations, churches and other groups use the space for free for picnics, awards dinners and other civic events.

"I'm not at all concerned about Mark Sanford out-raising us since we just came out of a 16-way primary and were outspent by a staggering margin and still secured our place in the runoff," said David O'Connell, Bostic's campaign manager, referring to the 16 candidates in Tuesday's GOP primary. "We will be out-fundraised and outspent again by Mark Sanford during the runoff, but I'm confident that our positive message of stopping runaway spending and restoring trust to Washington, D.C., will provide us the necessary support to win the Republican nomination."

In recent days, Bostic has criticized Sanford for secretly leaving the state in 2009 to have an extramarital affair.

Sanford would not respond Friday to Bostic's comments.

"I'm not running against him or anyone," Sanford said. "I'm running toward the ideas that I've fought for for 20 years."

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