A political group called ReformSC has been ordered to pull its television ads. Spartanburg County Judge James M. Hayes has ordered ReformSC to pull the ads supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley’s campaign until a hearing can be held in the next 10 days.
No wrongdoing has yet been found. However, at the request of the Gresham Barrett campaign, the judge wants time to determine whether ReformSC, a group associated with Gov. Sanford, crossed the legal line to advertise for a candidate. As a non-profit 501c(4) they are limited in just how involved they can get in political races.
ReformSC has defended the ads but has not provided details on how much it is spending. The State newspaper is reporting that the ads cost $400,000.
At issue are limits placed on how outside groups can advertise for candidates. The complaint alleges that ReformSC’s ads are illegal because they promote a candidate rather than an issue.