The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce wasn’t content to just endorse Vincent Sheheen. Along with the Democrat Governors Association, the Chamber is believed to be providing funds to the “Conservatives For Truth in Politics.” In fact, there are indications that CTIP is working from Larry Marchant’s office, or, at least collaborating with him.
Some may have dismissed the above excerpt from my post “The Assassination of Nikki Haley: The Players,” but there is significance to it. As I pointed out in that piece, Larry Marchant has long been associated with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (he’s a former SCCoC lobbyist), an anti-Nikki Haley group of big business leaders. Like many in the General Assembly, the Chamber likes things in South Carolina JUST the way they are – even moreso if they can get it.
Marchant has also claimed to have had a one-night stand with Haley, which is almost as convenient as it is unlikely. When the Daily Show played the clip of Marchant “confessing” to having had sex with Nikki Haley, host Jon Stewart said, “Who that gentleman works for is not the only thing that is suspicious here. I live in New York. I have kind of a sixth sense about … people that are Southern. And, uh, that guy’s seems flamingly Southern to me. Like Truman Capote Southern or Tennesse Williams Southern or Gaylord von Homington Southern.” [see at the 7:40 mark]
As for Conservatives for Truth In Politics, well, their anti-Haley/reform platform is sleeping with both the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the status quo cabal in the legislature. Trusted (unimpeachable, in fact) sources have seen CTIPs Chair and Co-Founder Cyndi Mosteller in the company of Marchant’s staff around Columbia and the group’s Executive Director, Liana Orr, has been working out of Marchant’s Columbia office.
Why IS that?
The VERY transparent agenda of “Conservatives For Truth In Politics” is to deny Nikki Haley election as governor. The groups questions and ads all center on Nikki Haley. They have NO questions for Democrat candidate Vincent Sheheen or even the State Legislature? CTIP’s latest press release is a “ ‘Truth Alert’ for the people of South Carolina. TIP is appalled at the recent actions of the Haley campaign to mislead the people of SC on very important issues facing our state…” Sheheen, apparently, is running a completely honest campaign – certainly a first for any politician, particularly a Democrat (and lawyer).
Here is CTIP’s actual website “Who Are We?‘
Who Are We?
TIP is a 501 ( c ) 4 Advocacy non profit. Formed by Cyndi Mosteller and Dr. David Woodard. The mission of TIP is to press the republican nominee Haley to specifically address many questions that have arose on her candidacy. All the issues in which we are searching for definitive answers have come to light long after the primary was over. In order for South Carolinians to make informed choices on the issues, we need total transparent on them.
TIP does not and will not endorse or oppose a candidate. WE are interested in transparency and the truth and serve to educate and advocate only.
And Nancy Pelosi will not raise your taxes!
Look, Conservatives for Truth in Politics is a shill for the No Reform forces in South Carolina. Calling itself an “educational and advocacy” organization is nonsense.
Now, CTIP is airing radio and TV ads in the last week of the campaign. Curious… A new, upstart organization has the funds for “a modest media buy.”
Well, since Conservatives for Truth in Politics “hopes to fill some of the void by asking tough questions and pushing for the truth on key issues we have identified,” I thought I would ask some tough questions myself. The following was emailed to the CTIP’s published email address; ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
- How much are your new media buy’s costing and how are they being funded?
- Does CTIP receive any funding from PACs, political organizations, campaigns or other institutions?
- Will CTIP release donation information to the public?
- How does the public know if CTIP is being funded solely by citizen donations or by PACs and/or other organizational funding?
Let’s see how responsive (and truthful) CTIP really is. And , NO, I’m NOT gonna wait for a response before posting the questions. CTIP publicizes it’s questions to Nikki Haley (and likely doesn’t even ask her directly), so they should be able to live with the same procedure.