(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's prolonged campaign to reject $700 million in federal stimulus funds - an effort that earned him praise from some national conservatives but also angered many in his own state - appears to have come to an end.
The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that the governor must accept the federal cash designated for education funding.
Sanford, who might run for president in 2012, had resisted taking the money even when the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a budget that included the funds.
The court on Thursday stated that "under South Carolina law, the General Assembly has the sole authority to direct the appropriation of funds and, therefore, is the entity which decides whether the State desires to receive the funds."
Students and education officials in the state filed lawsuits last month demanding that the governor take the money, and Sanford tried to have the lawsuits merged and heard in federal court. On Monday, however, a federal judge rejected that attempt, and said that the South Carolina Supreme Court must decide what to do.
Sanford has scheduled a press conference on the decision this afternoon. He said earlier this week that he will not appeal the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision.
right-wing = terrorists June 4th, 2009 4:27 pm ET
@ Steve (the real one) who said: "Since when does standing up for one's belief makes him or her an idiot? Nobody says you have to agree." Standing up for one's beliefs????!!!!! You MORON! He was elected and his SALARY is paid by the people of South Carolina! HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE STANDING UP FOR THEM!!!
You actually believe the governor is the only one in SC to have those beliefs? He was also elected to represent conservatives too! Thanks and have a great day!
This is a vile man. If he runs for president, I will use every ounce of my strenghth to fight against him, and the other GOP losers.
He is so jealous of President Obama and wishes he could be in his shoes.
This lipless, beady-eyed miser would be horrible in Washington. Stay in South Carolina with the good ole boys, Governor. We hate you.
No thanks South Carolina, we've had enough of the Strom Thurmans and Sanfords. We'd like to move forward into the twenty first century.
Sanford, Lindsey Graham, and Jim DeMint – Incredibly incompetent. As a SC resident, I can tell you that these three have dragged the state back 50 years. The state is crumbling because of them.
THANK YOU MARK SANFORD. It is so good to know that there are a few politicians left who are REAL AMERICANS!!
Mari is a regular hater on everyone of CNN's boards.
Look who filed the lawsuits – uneducated liberal students along with their uneducated incapable of teaching teachers!! Maybe all these idiots could be placed in the extra seven states obama thinks we have. According to the messianut jobs would be saved and new jobs created by now but instead the unemployment rate went up today and they didn' t even count the ones whose unemployment ran out or the ones who are living off mommy & daddy and enjoying the freedom of being lazy! DO ALL LIBERALS WANT TO SEE OUR COUNTRY DESTROYED?
I have family that lives in South Carolina and works in State Government. I can't understand for the live of me why anyone would vote for this idiot. The state of South Carolina has one of the highest rates of unemployment, yet this Governor wants to play God and deny benefits to education to a State very much in need! Such stupidity boggles the mind, but the citizens continue to believe the lies put forth by the Republican party. The voters of SC deserve exactly what they get for voting for Sanford as Governor!
because god help the gop if more people become better educated
Sanford needs to be voted out when election time comes – you have to be crazy to vote for this man.
Sanford doesn't need the money for his people, everything in SC must be so peachy! Heaven on Earth!
I'm thinking moving over there, now that MI is in shambles....