June 4th, 2009
03:52 PM ET
6 years ago

Sanford's stimulus battle comes to likely end

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had resisted taking the federal stimulus money.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had resisted taking the federal stimulus money.

(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.


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  1. Rob

    All part of Barry, Nancy, and Harry's plan to shift this country from states first to federal first. Maybe Barry will 'convince' governors he don't like to retire (like he did the CEO of GM).

    All you lib-nuts portray this Obama as a god. And he eats it right up. One day you all will find out the truth, that he is nothing more than a washed up community organizer with a good voice and convincing smile. Let's just hope it's not too late for America when that time comes.

    June 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. DH - Md

    Republicans: You're on you own in the world, sucker! We don't need no stinkin gubmint! Git a gun! And support out troops with a yellow magnetic bumper sticker!

    That about sums it up.

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Unhappy Dem

    I agree with him, if accepted, the feds would be telling the states what they can and cannot do. Also after the unemployment extension money ran out it would mean the employers would have to make up the difference from then on.More taxed the employer, = less employees they could afford to hire.

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Jon

    Hmmm, maybe we shoudl look at his associations with Howie Rich and the tax credit lobby for the real reason he would $8 Billion from the Nationol government but not $700 Million for schools.

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Fla.

    Way to go, students & education officials–congratulations!

    Gov. Sanford ought to be ashamed of himself, putting his ridiculous posturing above the needs of good citizens in SC at a time of their economic struggles.

    Justice will hopefully prevail!

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Tennessee Libertarian

    " A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take all you have".

    Thomas Jefferson

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Chuck

    I guess that put you in your place didn't it Mr Sanford?

    June 4, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. deb

    Stanford is playing politics and his state needs the money. His own state will not vote for him if he does run for President in 2012.

    June 4, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Jon

    Does United States really make sense anymore? Do we have States or territories?

    June 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. kishen c.rao

    this guy is a waste....people are suffering in south carolina....he can not think properly.....hope south carolin guys and gals are educated and at least know how to use internet....and have computers at homes....lord, you bless this poor state from this man....

    June 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Faux

    Stanford /Palin two peas in a pod omg what they will do to get in the lime light "its a heck of a pair of loosers you betcha .

    June 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. glen

    Palin, has lost her mind !

    June 4, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Independent Again

    The stimulus money came with a lot of strings attached. It allowed the Federal Govt to dicate to the states what they can do. When has the Federal Govt done anything right? It is crazy for this to happen. A lot of employers are getting the short end.

    The liberals here are so idiotic. If the employers suffer who else will suffer? Employees. Then tax revenues suffer. Then Govt pass more stimulus money and it starts all over again. Where does that leave the country?

    Bankrupt!! Those who think this was a good thing are stupid and will only wake up when it is too late or not at all. Probably the latter.

    June 4, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    Tennessee Libertarian June 4th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

    " A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take all you have".

    Thomas Jefferson

    Actually, that was another President, Gerald Ford in an address to a joint session of Congress on August 14, 1974.

    Thomas Jefferson said no such thing. Why would he? The governments of the day didn't provide anything to their peasants.

    June 4, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. skyhawkdriver

    It seems to me that somewhere along the line we have lost sight of what it is exactly the federal government was created to do..I suggest respectfully that some of you writing on here take a trip to your local library and sit down in a quiet corner and actually read it..my question to you is by what right does the government. Have to tell the states anything??..it is actually the other way around..the federal government was created by the states to help them. With those things the weren't able to do themselves..no to act like a bloated cash cow..not to pay people for never working..not to take the money of taxpayers money and bailout useless car makers because their unions have the current president in their pockets..not to payoff the teachers unions for the same reason..limited government is the best government..of the people..by the people..for the people

    June 4, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Terry of Texas

    His position can be summarized as:
    "I would rather be president than help the people of my state."

    June 4, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Had It

    Bet he would have accepted the money if it had been for the wealthy white men's golf courses.

    Time to rid SC of bigotry and get someone that cares about the weakest and the littlest - not just the wealthiest white people.

    I'm white.

    June 4, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. donttreadonme

    This is the best of both worlds! He can still claim he did not accept this irresponsible stimulus spending and he still gets to use the Federal funding. Well played!

    June 4, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Franky

    Ohh man guys, did you see that? Watch out...tough girl Palin comin, LOL!!

    Can I ask something? Who the heck are her advisers? LOL!! This woman doesn't come out in weeks and out of nowhere, she's more noticeable than when Britney cut her hair bald, LOL!!!

    I'm telling you, she's gotta watch out with that, she can't just do that, say one thing one month and wait months and say something else, let alone they have no rep and this woman thinks is a joke in this business...and for the record, let her know she's the joke quite sadly.

    And for the record, you better watch out in SC because they will remember what you have done, that I guarantee you...

    June 4, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. The Broker.

    The right words. And I'm the only Psychic. Israel will attack Lebenon again. But this time with Nuke's. CNN's praise for the Idiot Obama will just add to the Fuel. But then I am The Psychic, not you....

    June 4, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. vegage

    I really do not understand these republicans, they are myope. This man prefer to have people loosing their homes, their jobs, their future than to receive money from federal government that will make a difference for people's life. Republicans = anti hispanics, anti gays, anti laws against hate crimes, anti employees rights, anti equality of rights, anti women rights, anti people making a decision to go to hell, etc.....they are the party of the anti everything.....

    June 4, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Sanford, the only chance you have to see the inside of the White House is to take the tour.

    June 4, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. James from SC

    I love it when retards from outside of SC want to tell us how to do things. If half you experts actually read what he said and understood anything about taxes and the impact of this free money you would be yelling for Obama to be impeached. Then again you dipsticks voted for free money, guess what it ain't free, its your kids money. I guess we could take lessons from California on how to run government.

    June 4, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. truthsayer

    CNN still pushing Repug talking points

    June 4, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. donttreadonme

    arithmetic is liberal June 4th, 2009 4:59 pm ET
    " A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take all you have".

    Actually, that was another President, Gerald Ford in an address to a joint session of Congress on August 14, 1974.
    ------------------------------
    Ever think that that Ford was quoting Jefferson??? Doh! Stick to your liberal arithmetic.

    June 4, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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