Important questions about campaign spending in Charleston mayoral race

Important questions about campaign spending in Charleston mayoral race

The Post and Courier’s story in its Sunday edition raises interesting questions about campaign spending in the current race to choose a candidate to succeed Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.

The William Dudley Gregorie mayoral campaign is not suggesting that current candidates for mayor have broken the law. But the current law leaves open the possibility of abuses in the way campaign money is spent. Procedures exist to uncover abuses when they occur, and the pages of newspapers around South Carolina are filled with many examples.

City Councilman William Dudley Gregorie has conducted two previous campaigns as a mayoral candidate, and he has waged a successful campaign for City Council. In each race, Councilman Gregorie’s campaign donations and expenditures have passed muster. “There are no questionable clouds over my head,” he said. “I am certain that if there were my opponents would have pointed them out.

“I can honestly say, without reservation that the manner in which I have conducted my campaign business is proof that I can handle the city’s financial affairs. No one can say that I am a snake oil salesman.”

Councilman Gregorie was a top executive with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “I was responsible for millions of dollars in federal taxpayers’ money,” he said. “That level of experience makes me the best qualified to handle the fiduciary responsibilities as mayor.

“Who do you want handling your money? Your choices are someone who has not clearly gone above and beyond what is required in reporting their campaign expenditures or a candidate who has withstood the financial scrutiny of three political campaigns?

“On Election Day, I hope your answer will be a clear decision to vote for me as the next mayor of Charleston. One Charleston: A City That Works For Everyone.”

Mona Lisa Sims

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