In the final weeks of his campaign to regain the congressional seat he held from 1995-2001, Mark Sanford has spent a lot of time on the phone. For a good portion of the last two days, he's been talking to Democrats.
The reason for that is because his phone number appeared on a fundraising letter earlier this week from the House Majority PAC, a Super PAC supported by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The letter is attached to this article.
"If this is not the definition of a campaign against someone, then I don't know what is," Sanford told Patch on Thursday.
Sanford said the calls have come in the last 48 hours and not all of them have been hostile. He said many of the Democrats he's spoken to from across the country are interested in talking about issues.
Andy Stone, the Communications Director of the House Majority PAC said the group had no qualms about posting Sanford's phone number. "He took out a full page ad in the newspaper and pubished his phone number for anyone to call him. And that's what we did."
On the campaign trail, Sanford has referred to the House Majority PAC as Pelosi's, but federal election law bans a Super PAC from coordinating with a specific candidate.
Stone said the House Majority PAC was the first outside group to advertise in the SC1 and confirmed the group had spent appoximately $400,000 so far. In the 2012 election cycle Stone said the PAC spent $36 million on 52 races across the country.