Elizabeth Colbert Busch has campaigned for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional seat as a fiscally conservative, independent businesswoman. She has cast herself as a centrist challenger to former Gov. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), the Republican candidate. Yet, her campaign is funded in large part by left-wing national interest groups. ACT Blue, a bundler of progressive donors nationwide, accounts for almost half her total contributions.
Last week, the Colbert Busch campaign reported that it had raised over $870,000, so far, for next week’s special election. Her haul is almost double Sanford’s $450,000 in contributions. She has spent the funds liberally, however, and both campaigns have nearly equal amounts of cash-on-hand for the final stretch.
ACT Blue, a left-wing bundler of donations to progressive candidates and causes, funneled $420,000 to the Colbert Busch campaign, almost half her total contributions. Last year, the largest recipients of ACT Blue’s money were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. It is not a typical source of funding for “centrist” candidates.
ACT Blue, though, is just the crest in a wave of progressive dollars flowing into Colbert Busch’s campaign. Twenty-one Democrat members of Congress have donated to her campaign along with a number of labor unions. The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s House Majority PAC have flooded local TV with $1 million worth of ads.
Colbert Busch and Sanford are locked in a tight race for next week’s election. The 1st District is a conservative-leaning district. Colbert Busch must hope that the voters don’t notice the progressive funding from outside the district fueling her campaign.