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}}{{tnr}}'''Elizabeth Colbert-Busch''' is a 2013 [[Democratic]] candidate seeking election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives|U.S. House]] representing [[South Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2013|the 1st Congressional District]] of [[South Carolina]].<ref name="politico">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/stephen-colbert-sister-plans-run-congress-86400.html?hp=r4 ''Politico'' "No joke: Stephen Colbert’s sister plans House bid," January 18, 2013]</ref><ref name="scrn">[http://www.southcarolinaradionetwork.com/2013/01/28/list-of-19-candidates-running-for-district-1-seat/ ''South Carolina Radio Network'' "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013]</ref>  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Elizabeth Colbert-Busch''' was the 2013 [[Democratic]] nominee seeking election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives|U.S. House]] representing [[South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013|the 1st Congressional District]] of [[South Carolina]].<ref name="politico">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/stephen-colbert-sister-plans-run-congress-86400.html?hp=r4 ''Politico'' "No joke: Stephen Colbert’s sister plans House bid," January 18, 2013]</ref><ref name="scrn">[http://www.southcarolinaradionetwork.com/2013/01/28/list-of-19-candidates-running-for-district-1-seat/ ''South Carolina Radio Network'' "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013]</ref>  
  
 
Colbert-Busch is the older sister of ''The Colbert Report'' host, Stephen Colbert.<ref name="bio"/>
 
Colbert-Busch is the older sister of ''The Colbert Report'' host, Stephen Colbert.<ref name="bio"/>
  
She is challenging former [[Governor of South Carolina|Gov.]] [[Mark Sanford]] (R) for the open [[South Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2013|seat]]. The special election being held to fill the seat left empty following the appointment of [[Tim Scott]] to the [[U.S. Senate]].<ref name="republic">[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/531ced1576724c20afa3b11b081cca08/SC--1st-District ''The Republic'' "Sanford's hopes of a political comeback rest with voters this week" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/06/gov-nikki-haley-to-fill-demints-seat-by-appointment/ ''The Washington Post'', "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012]</ref> Colbert-Busch easily defeated challenger [[Ben Frasier]] in the [[Democratic]] special primary election on March 19, 2013.<ref name="primary">[http://www.enr-scvotes.org/SC/45550/115560/en/summary.html ''SC Votes'' "March 19 Special Primary Election" Accessed March 19, 2013]</ref>
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She was defeated by former [[Governor of South Carolina|Gov.]] [[Mark Sanford]] (R) in the election for the open [[South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013|seat]]. The special election was held to fill the seat left empty following the appointment of [[Tim Scott]] to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]].<ref name="republic">[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/531ced1576724c20afa3b11b081cca08/SC--1st-District ''The Republic'' "Sanford's hopes of a political comeback rest with voters this week" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/06/gov-nikki-haley-to-fill-demints-seat-by-appointment/ ''The Washington Post'', "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012]</ref> Colbert-Busch easily defeated challenger [[Ben Frasier]] in the [[Democratic]] special primary election on March 19, 2013.<ref name="primary">[http://www.enr-scvotes.org/SC/45550/115560/en/summary.html ''SC Votes'' "March 19 Special Primary Election" Accessed March 19, 2013]</ref> She was defeated in the general election.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/south-carolina-election-results-2013_n_3232922.html ''Huffington Post'' "South Carolina Election Results 2013" Accessed May 7, 2013]</ref>
  
The general election race is expected to be tough for any [[Democrat]]. The [[South Carolina's 1st congressional district|Charleston-area seat]] has been a [[Republican]] stronghold for decades, and continues to lean [[Republican]].<ref>[http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/28/elizabeth-colbert-busch-wedged-in-crowded-special-election-race/ ''MSNBC'' "Elizabeth Colbert Busch wedged in crowded special election race" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.salon.com/2013/01/23/ted_turners_son_vying_in_sc_congressional_primary/ ''Salon.com'' "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013]</ref> The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=D000125 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013]</ref>
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The general election race was expected to be tough for any [[Democrat]]. The [[South Carolina's 1st Congressional District|Charleston-area seat]] has been a [[Republican]] stronghold for decades, and continues to lean [[Republican]].<ref>[http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/28/elizabeth-colbert-busch-wedged-in-crowded-special-election-race/ ''MSNBC'' "Elizabeth Colbert Busch wedged in crowded special election race" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.salon.com/2013/01/23/ted_turners_son_vying_in_sc_congressional_primary/ ''Salon.com'' "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013]</ref> The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=D000125 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013]</ref>
  
Early indicators suggest the race between Colbert-Busch and [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] will be competitive.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/south-carolina-special-election-2013-mark-sanford-leads-in-early-returns-89106.html ''Politico'' "Mark Sanford advances to runoff" Accessed April 19, 2013]</ref><ref name="wp">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/04/02/mark-sanford-wins-republican-runoff-in-south-carolina/ ''Washington Post'' "Mark Sanford wins Republican runoff in South Carolina" Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref> Many believe that [[Mark Sanford|Sanford's]] forces will have a hard time overwhelming Colbert-Busch in the competition for dollars, as her brother, Stephen Colbert, is going all out to raise cash for his older sister.<ref name="fret">[http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=44BFBE1E-9D76-4D00-AE4D-457C963A07F4 ''Politico'' "GOP frets Mark Sanford could blow it" Accessed April 4, 2013]</ref>
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Early indicators suggested the race between Colbert-Busch and [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] would be competitive.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/south-carolina-special-election-2013-mark-sanford-leads-in-early-returns-89106.html ''Politico'' "Mark Sanford advances to runoff" Accessed April 19, 2013]</ref><ref name="wp">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/04/02/mark-sanford-wins-republican-runoff-in-south-carolina/ ''Washington Post'' "Mark Sanford wins Republican runoff in South Carolina" Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref> Many believed that [[Mark Sanford|Sanford's]] forces would have had a hard time overwhelming Colbert-Busch in the competition for dollars, as her brother, Stephen Colbert, went all out to raise cash for his older sister.<ref name="fret">[http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=44BFBE1E-9D76-4D00-AE4D-457C963A07F4 ''Politico'' "GOP frets Mark Sanford could blow it" Accessed April 4, 2013]</ref>
  
The race was included on a ''Washington Post'' list of the Top 5 races of 2013.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/03/08/the-fixs-top-5-races-of-2013/ ''Washingotn Post'' "The Fix's Top 5 Races of 2013" Accessed March 18, 2013]</ref>
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In early April 2013 [[U.S. Senate|Senator]] [[Kirsten Gillibrand]], and her PAC [http://www.offthesidelines.org/ Off the Sidelines], endorsed Colbert-Busch for the May 7 general special election.<ref name="PAC">[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/02/1198776/-Let-s-Send-Elizabeth-Colbert-Busch-to-Congress?detail=hide ''Daily Kos'' "Let's Send Elizabeth Colbert Busch to Congress" Accessed April 4, 2013]</ref>
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The race was included in a ''Washington Post'' list of the Top 5 races of 2013.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/03/08/the-fixs-top-5-races-of-2013/ ''Washingotn Post'' "The Fix's Top 5 Races of 2013" Accessed March 18, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Biography==
 
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Cobert-Busch comes from a large family and is the sister of ''The Colbert Report'' host, Stephen Colbert. She serves as the director of sales and marketing at Clemson University. Prior to this, she held a similar position at Orient Overseas Container Line.<ref name="politico"/><ref name="bio">[http://westashley.patch.com/articles/a-closer-look-at-elizabeth-colbert-busch ''West Ashley Patch'' "A Closer Look at Elizabeth Colbert-Busch," January 18, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/28/elizabeth-colbert-busch-wedged-in-crowded-special-election-race/ ''MSNBC'' "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wedged in Crowded Special Election Race" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref>
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Cobert-Busch comes from a large family and is the sister of ''The Colbert Report'' host, Stephen Colbert. She serves as the director of business development at Clemson University Restoration Institute.<ref>[http://www.clemson.edu/restoration/ Clemson University Restoration Institute]</ref><ref>[http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/article.php?article_id=4128 "Offshore wind industry has huge potential for Southeast, Clemson official tells conference", Clemson University, March 8, 2012</ref> Prior to this, she was director of sales and marketing for the Orient Overseas Container Line.<ref name="politico"/><ref name="bio">[http://westashley.patch.com/articles/a-closer-look-at-elizabeth-colbert-busch ''West Ashley Patch'' "A Closer Look at Elizabeth Colbert-Busch," January 18, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/28/elizabeth-colbert-busch-wedged-in-crowded-special-election-race/ ''MSNBC'' "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wedged in Crowded Special Election Race" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref>
 
===Education===
 
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*Bachelor's degree, College of Charleson<ref name="bio"/>
 
*Bachelor's degree, College of Charleson<ref name="bio"/>
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==Issues==
 
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In response to a question tweeted to her in early April 2013, Colbert-Busch responded as being both pro-choice and in favor of marriage equality.<ref>[http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:BOx0aF6G-asJ:https://twitter.com/ColbertBuschSC/statuses/313743621490872320+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us ''Twitter'' "Elizabeth Colbert-Busch" Accessed April 4, 2013]</ref>
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Colbert-Busch's primary interest for South Carolina is business development and jobs creation, as reflected in her current work at Clemson University.<ref>[http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/article.php?article_id=4114 "Southeast wind-energy conference to feature Clemson’s Restoration Institute", Clemson University, March 1, 2012]</ref> In response to a question tweeted to her in early April 2013, she responded as being both pro-choice and in favor of marriage equality.<ref>[http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:BOx0aF6G-asJ:https://twitter.com/ColbertBuschSC/statuses/313743621490872320+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us ''Twitter'' "Elizabeth Colbert-Busch" Accessed April 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2013===
 
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:''See also: [[South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013]]''
Colbert-Busch is running for the [[U.S. House of Representatives|U.S. House]] representing [[South Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2013|the 1st Congressional District]] of [[South Carolina]]. The election is being held to replace [[Tim Scott]], who was appointed to fill [[Jim DeMint|Jim DeMint's]] vacant seat in the [[U.S. Senate]].<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/17/scotts-departure-for-senate-will-trigger-third-special-house-election-in-2013/ ''Washington Post'' "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012]</ref> Colbert-Busch ran in the Democratic primary and defeated [[Ben Frasier]] on March 19, 2013.<ref name="primary"/><ref name="scrn"/>  [[Martin Skelly]] originally filed to run but withdrew in early February.<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/south-carolina-skelly-exits-special-colberts-sister-now-top-dem-contender/ ''Roll Call'' "South Carolina Skelly exits Special Election" Accessed March 11, 2013]</ref> The general election takes place on May 7, 2013.<ref>[http://www.scgop.com/2013/01/02/1st-congressional-special-election-details-set/# ''South Carolina Republican Party Website'' "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013]</ref>
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Colbert-Busch ran for the [[U.S. House of Representatives|U.S. House]] representing [[South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013|the 1st Congressional District]] of [[South Carolina]]. The election was held to replace [[Tim Scott]], who was appointed to fill [[Jim DeMint|Jim DeMint's]] vacant seat in the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]].<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/17/scotts-departure-for-senate-will-trigger-third-special-house-election-in-2013/ ''Washington Post'' "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012]</ref> Colbert-Busch ran in the Democratic primary and defeated [[Ben Frasier]] on March 19, 2013.<ref name="primary"/><ref name="scrn"/>  [[Martin Skelly]] originally filed to run but withdrew in early February.<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/south-carolina-skelly-exits-special-colberts-sister-now-top-dem-contender/ ''Roll Call'' "South Carolina Skelly exits Special Election" Accessed March 11, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.scgop.com/2013/01/02/1st-congressional-special-election-details-set/# ''South Carolina Republican Party Website'' "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013]</ref> Colbert-Busch was defeated by [[Republican]] nominee in the general election on May 7, 2013.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/south-carolina-election-results-2013_n_3232922.html ''Huffington Post'' "South Carolina Election Results 2013" Accessed May 7, 2013]</ref>
  
Former Governor [[Mark Sanford]] is seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he has $120,000 in an old campaign account. This coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gives him a leg up on the field. This is also his former seat in the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.<ref>[http://www.rollcall.com/news/sanford_likely_front_runner_in_sc_special_election-220542-1.html ''Roll Call'' "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013]</ref>
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Former Governor [[Mark Sanford]] was seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. This coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gave him a leg up on the field. The seat was also his former seat in the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.<ref>[http://www.rollcall.com/news/sanford_likely_front_runner_in_sc_special_election-220542-1.html ''Roll Call'' "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013]</ref>
  
 
The district leans Republican.<ref>[http://www.salon.com/2013/01/23/ted_turners_son_vying_in_sc_congressional_primary/ ''Salon.com'' "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013]</ref> The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=D000125 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013]</ref>
 
The district leans Republican.<ref>[http://www.salon.com/2013/01/23/ted_turners_son_vying_in_sc_congressional_primary/ ''Salon.com'' "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013]</ref> The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=D000125 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013]</ref>
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====Endorsements====
 
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After [[Martin Skelly]] withdrew from the race, he threw his support behind Colbert-Busch, saying "she inspires both the party faithful and the political center that we need to generate consensus and end gridlock in Congress."<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/south-carolina-skelly-exits-special-colberts-sister-now-top-dem-contender/ ''Roll Call'' "South Carolina: Skelly Exits Special Election; Colbert’s Sister Now Top Democratic Contender," February 11, 2013]</ref>
 
After [[Martin Skelly]] withdrew from the race, he threw his support behind Colbert-Busch, saying "she inspires both the party faithful and the political center that we need to generate consensus and end gridlock in Congress."<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/south-carolina-skelly-exits-special-colberts-sister-now-top-dem-contender/ ''Roll Call'' "South Carolina: Skelly Exits Special Election; Colbert’s Sister Now Top Democratic Contender," February 11, 2013]</ref>
  
The AFL-CIO endorsed her on February 14, 2013, stating "“Elizabeth’s business experience with the maritime industry and Clemson University helps her understand that when labor and management work together everyone wins." Charleston Mayor Joe Riley endorsed her the same day, describing her as a “tireless worker, a self-made woman in a field where there were few women."<ref>[http://northcharleston.patch.com/articles/colbert-busch-receives-two-key-endorsements-in-sc1-race "", ''North Charleston Patch'', February 13, 2013]</ref>
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The AFL-CIO endorsed her on February 14, 2013, stating "“Elizabeth’s business experience with the maritime industry and Clemson University helps her understand that when labor and management work together everyone wins." Charleston Mayor Joe Riley endorsed her the same day, describing her as a “tireless worker, a self-made woman in a field where there were few women."<ref>[http://northcharleston.patch.com/articles/colbert-busch-receives-two-key-endorsements-in-sc1-race ''North Charleston Patch'', "Colbert Busch Receives Two Key Endorsements in SC1 Race," February 13, 2013]</ref>
  
 
U.S. Representative [[James Clyburn]] endorsed her on February 19, 2013, citing "something unique about Elizabeth’s experiences…She has life experiences to take us to success in the general election."<ref>[http://www.charlestonchronicle.net/v2/content.aspx?MemberID=2152&ID=61249 Congressman James Clyburn Endorses Elizabeth Colbert Busch, ''The Charleston Chronicle'', February 19, 2013]</ref>
 
U.S. Representative [[James Clyburn]] endorsed her on February 19, 2013, citing "something unique about Elizabeth’s experiences…She has life experiences to take us to success in the general election."<ref>[http://www.charlestonchronicle.net/v2/content.aspx?MemberID=2152&ID=61249 Congressman James Clyburn Endorses Elizabeth Colbert Busch, ''The Charleston Chronicle'', February 19, 2013]</ref>
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{{youtube|title=kPKv0FbY9_k|size=250|caption= [[Democrat]] [[Elizabeth Colbert-Busch]]'s 2nd television ad, "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Knows Jobs"}}
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{{youtube|title=vClY--1h9wI|size=250|caption= Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC unveiled their first commercial entitled "Air Sanford."}}
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[[Democrat]] Colbert-Busch aired her first general election television advertisement on April 9th 2013, kicking off the imminent airwaves war against former [[Republican]] [[Governor of South Carolina|Gov.]] [[Mark Sanford]].<ref name="rc">[http://atr.rollcall.com/south-carolina-colbert-busch-targets-female-voters-in-first-spot-against-sanford/ ''Roll Call'' "South Carolina: Colbert Busch Targets Female Voters in First Spot Against Sanford" Accessed April 20, 2013]</ref>
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In the ad, Colbert-Busch speaks directly to camera in the 30-second spot, describing herself as a “single mom with three young children.”<ref name="rc"/> She never mentions [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] in the advertisement, which appears to target female voters.<ref name="rc"/> The ad buy cost an estimated for $76,000 and the spot will run from April 9 to April 15 in the Charleston and Savannah broadcast markets, as well as on cable in Charleston.<ref name="rc"/>
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The Democratic super PAC, House Majority PAC, took to the airwaves with a TV ad attacking former [[Governor of South Carolina|governor]] [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] (R) in the special election, marking the first time an outside group has gone on the air in the race between Sanford and Democrat Colbert-Busch.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/04/17/democratic-super-pac-hits-sanford-as-he-goes-after-colbert-busch/ ''Washington Post'' "Democratic super PAC hits Sanford as he goes after Colbert Busch" Accessed April 18, 2013]</ref> The group is expected to spend between $400,000 and $600,000 in the election.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/04/17/democratic-super-pac-hits-sanford-as-he-goes-after-colbert-busch/ ''Washington Post'' "Democratic super PAC hits Sanford as he goes after Colbert Busch" Accessed April 18, 2013]</ref>
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Sanford released his first television ad since becoming the [[Republican]] nominee, going after Colbert-Busch for her ties to unions.<ref name="nationaljournal">[http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/hotlineoncall/2013/04/mark-sanford-attacks-elizabeth-colbert-busch-in-first-general-election-ad-17 ''National Journal'' "Mark Sanford Attacks Elizabeth Colbert Busch in First General Election Ad" Accessed April 18, 2013]</ref> The ad is a departure for Sanford, whose past television spots have been positive and biographical, focused largely on his record as governor and his comeback from the 2009 scandal that nearly cost him his job.<ref name="nationaljournal"/> According to some reports, the campaign spent just under $100,000 to run the ad on cable and broadcast television in the Charleston and Savannah markets.<ref name="nationaljournal"/> The [[South Carolina]] [[Republican Party]] put money into Sanford's campaign for the ad.<ref name="nationaljournal"/>
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On April 23, 2013 [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] released a new ad claiming [[Democrat]] Colbert-Busch is "fighting for big labor" after accepting union donations.<ref name="island">[http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/04/23/2475120/sanford-ad-attacks-colbert-busch.html ''Island Packet'' "Sanford ad attacks Colbert Busch for union support; union says Sanford making false claims" Accessed April 25, 2013]</ref> Colbert-Busch, who accepted $5,000 in donations from the Machinists Union and has been endorsed by the state chapter of the labor union AFL-CIO, has said she will make job creation a top priority if elected.<ref name="island"/>
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The Machinist Union defended Colbert-Busch, even releasing a statement stating that ads and comments to the press by [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] "provided incorrect information about labor unions, specifically regarding the Boeing facility in North Charleston" and requested that [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] pull the ads.<ref name="island"/>
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According to media reports by multiple news outlets, the Machinists Union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in 2011, claiming Boeing's plans to build a plant in right-to-work South Carolina were in retaliation for labor activities at its Washington state plant.<ref name="island"/> The complaint was based on public comments made by a Boeing executive.<ref name="island"/> Ultimately, the high-profile complaint was dropped. The Washington plant continues to operate and a new North Charleston plan was built and is scheduled for expansion that both [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] and Colbert-Busch have applauded.<ref name="island"/>
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The [http://www.thehousemajoritypac.com/ads/2013/04/30/new-house-majority-pac-spot-in-sc-01-features-local-republican-woman-on-why-she-cant-trust-mark-sanford/ House Majority PAC] released its third and final ad of the special election, "Trust".<ref name="housepacad">[http://www.thehousemajoritypac.com/ads/2013/04/30/new-house-majority-pac-spot-in-sc-01-features-local-republican-woman-on-why-she-cant-trust-mark-sanford/ ''The House Majority PAC'' "New House Majority PAC Spot In SC-01 Features Local Republican Woman On Why She Can’t Trust Mark Sanford" Accessed April 30, 2013]</ref> It features lifelong Republican woman – who in the past supported Mark Sanford – describing how deeply Sanford betrayed her trust.<ref name="housepacad"/> “Trust” will air as part of House Majority PAC’s previously announced six-figure buy in this race.<ref name="housepacad"/>
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Andy Stone, Communications Director of House Majority PAC released the statement, “Mark Sanford’s record of betrayal to South Carolinians is more than a mile long. The bottom line is that after abandoning the Palmetto State, using taxpayer funds to travel in luxury and for personal purposes and even trespassing in his ex-wife’s home, [[South Carolina]] deserves better than [[Mark Sanford]].”<ref name="housepacad"/>
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{{youtube|title=kPKv0FbY9_k|size=250|caption= [[Democrat]] Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's 2nd television ad, "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Knows Jobs"}}
  
 
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{{youtube|title=hHYjkHC5clk|size=250|caption= [[Republican]] [[Mark Sanford]]'s 3rd television ad, "Difference"}}
 
In early March 2013, [[Mark Sanford]] released his third television ad in his campaign for the House seat.<ref name="sunlight">[http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2013/mark-sanford-drops-3rd-ad-special-election/ ''Sunlight Foudnation'' "Mark Sanford Drops 3rd ad in Special Election" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref> In all, [[Mark Sanford|Sanford's]] campaign spent approximately $170,000 on three TV ads prior to the primary election, according to spokesman Joel Sawyer.<ref name="sunlight"/> In the new ad, [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] called himself "financially the most conservative [[Governor|governor]] in America and the "first governor to turn down stimulus money," an effort that failed when [[South Carolina]]'s Supreme Court ruled the state must accept the $700 million.<ref name="sunlight"/>
 
In early March 2013, [[Mark Sanford]] released his third television ad in his campaign for the House seat.<ref name="sunlight">[http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2013/mark-sanford-drops-3rd-ad-special-election/ ''Sunlight Foudnation'' "Mark Sanford Drops 3rd ad in Special Election" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref> In all, [[Mark Sanford|Sanford's]] campaign spent approximately $170,000 on three TV ads prior to the primary election, according to spokesman Joel Sawyer.<ref name="sunlight"/> In the new ad, [[Mark Sanford|Sanford]] called himself "financially the most conservative [[Governor|governor]] in America and the "first governor to turn down stimulus money," an effort that failed when [[South Carolina]]'s Supreme Court ruled the state must accept the $700 million.<ref name="sunlight"/>
  
On March 15, Colbert-Busch released her second television ad.<ref name="cb">[http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/hotlineoncall/2013/03/colbert-busch-releases-second-tv-ad-15 ''National Journal'' "Colbert Busch Releases Second TV Ad" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref> The ad focused on her connection to the state and experience creating jobs.<ref name="cb"/> She previously launched her first ad on the same day as [[Mark Sanford|Sanford's]] release of his third television ad.<ref name="sunlight"/>
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On March 15, [[Democrat]] Elizabeth Colbert-Busch released her second television ad.<ref name="cb">[http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/hotlineoncall/2013/03/colbert-busch-releases-second-tv-ad-15 ''National Journal'' "Colbert Busch Releases Second TV Ad" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref> The ad focused on her connection to the state and experience creating jobs.<ref name="cb"/> She previously launched her first ad on the same day as [[Mark Sanford|Sanford's]] release of his third television ad.<ref name="sunlight"/>
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Following the runoff primary and heading into the general election, President of Public Policy Polling, Dean Debnam stated “Elizabeth Colbert Busch is now looking like a clear favorite in the special election. The only question is whether an extremely unpopular Sanford can find some way to make voters like her even less than him in the next two weeks.”<ref>[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_SC_422.pdf ''Public Policy Polling'' "PPP Press Release South Carolina Special Election 4/22" Accessed April 25, 2013]</ref>
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Colbert-Busch raised almost as much as likely [[Republican]] nominee [[Mark Sanford]] at $309,559 and has $208,630 on hand.<ref name="post">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03/08/koch-brother-donates-to-mark-sanford/ ''Washington Post'' "Koch brother donates to Mark Sanford" Accessed March 11, 2013]</ref>  
 
Colbert-Busch raised almost as much as likely [[Republican]] nominee [[Mark Sanford]] at $309,559 and has $208,630 on hand.<ref name="post">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03/08/koch-brother-donates-to-mark-sanford/ ''Washington Post'' "Koch brother donates to Mark Sanford" Accessed March 11, 2013]</ref>  
  
She has not received any money directly from her brother, but she has received $2,600 from Evelyn McGee and $2,500 from Evelyn Colbert. Stephen Colbert’s wife is Evelyn McGee Colbert. Trevor Potter, the Republican Washington lawyer hired to help Stephen Colbert start a super PAC, also contributed $500 to Colbert-Busch's campaign.<ref name="post"/> Colbert-Busch also reportedly received a $5,000 donation from the leadership PAC of Rep. [[Jim Clyburn]] (D), who also hosted a D.C. fundraiser for her in early March.<ref name="sunlight">[http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2013/mark-sanford-drops-3rd-ad-special-election/ ''Sunlight Foudnation'' "Mark Sanford Drops 3rd ad in Special Election" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref>
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Early on, she had not received any money directly from her brother, but she had received $2,600 from Evelyn McGee and $2,500 from Evelyn Colbert. Stephen Colbert’s wife is Evelyn McGee Colbert. Trevor Potter, the Republican Washington lawyer hired to help Stephen Colbert start a super PAC, also contributed $500 to Colbert-Busch's campaign.<ref name="post"/> Colbert-Busch also reportedly received a $5,000 donation from the leadership PAC of Rep. [[Jim Clyburn]] (D), who also hosted a D.C. fundraiser for her in early March.<ref name="sunlight">[http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2013/mark-sanford-drops-3rd-ad-special-election/ ''Sunlight Foudnation'' "Mark Sanford Drops 3rd ad in Special Election" Accessed March 17, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Elizabeth Colbert-Busch
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 1
PartyDemocratic
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Charleston
Personal
ProfessionSales and Marketing Professional
Websites
Campaign website
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch was the 2013 Democratic nominee seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.[1][2]

Colbert-Busch is the older sister of The Colbert Report host, Stephen Colbert.[3]

She was defeated by former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) in the election for the open seat. The special election was held to fill the seat left empty following the appointment of Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate.[4][5] Colbert-Busch easily defeated challenger Ben Frasier in the Democratic special primary election on March 19, 2013.[6] She was defeated in the general election.[7]

The general election race was expected to be tough for any Democrat. The Charleston-area seat has been a Republican stronghold for decades, and continues to lean Republican.[8][9] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[10]

Early indicators suggested the race between Colbert-Busch and Sanford would be competitive.[11][12] Many believed that Sanford's forces would have had a hard time overwhelming Colbert-Busch in the competition for dollars, as her brother, Stephen Colbert, went all out to raise cash for his older sister.[13]

In early April 2013 Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and her PAC Off the Sidelines, endorsed Colbert-Busch for the May 7 general special election.[14]

The race was included in a Washington Post list of the Top 5 races of 2013.[15]

Biography

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Cobert-Busch comes from a large family and is the sister of The Colbert Report host, Stephen Colbert. She serves as the director of business development at Clemson University Restoration Institute.[16][17] Prior to this, she was director of sales and marketing for the Orient Overseas Container Line.[1][3][18]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, College of Charleson[3]

Issues

Political positions

Colbert-Busch's primary interest for South Carolina is business development and jobs creation, as reflected in her current work at Clemson University.[19] In response to a question tweeted to her in early April 2013, she responded as being both pro-choice and in favor of marriage equality.[20]

Elections

2013

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Colbert-Busch ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election was held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[21] Colbert-Busch ran in the Democratic primary and defeated Ben Frasier on March 19, 2013.[6][2] Martin Skelly originally filed to run but withdrew in early February.[22][23] Colbert-Busch was defeated by Republican nominee in the general election on May 7, 2013.[24]

Former Governor Mark Sanford was seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. This coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gave him a leg up on the field. The seat was also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[25]

The district leans Republican.[26] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[27]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Colbert-Busch 95.9% 15,802
Ben Frasier 4.1% 682
Total Votes 16,484
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[6]
U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 54% 77,600
     Democratic Elizabeth Colbert-Busch 45.2% 64,961
     Green Eugene Platt 0.5% 690
     N/A Write-in 0.3% 384
Total Votes 143,635
Source: South Carolina Election Board, "Official Special Election Results"

Endorsements

After Martin Skelly withdrew from the race, he threw his support behind Colbert-Busch, saying "she inspires both the party faithful and the political center that we need to generate consensus and end gridlock in Congress."[28]

The AFL-CIO endorsed her on February 14, 2013, stating "“Elizabeth’s business experience with the maritime industry and Clemson University helps her understand that when labor and management work together everyone wins." Charleston Mayor Joe Riley endorsed her the same day, describing her as a “tireless worker, a self-made woman in a field where there were few women."[29]

U.S. Representative James Clyburn endorsed her on February 19, 2013, citing "something unique about Elizabeth’s experiences…She has life experiences to take us to success in the general election."[30]

Following the GOP runoff primary on April 2, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand threw her support behind Colbert-Busch, which included the support of her PAC Off the Sidelines.[14] In a statement announcing the endorsement Gillibrand said, "Elizabeth has been off the sidelines and involved in her community for years, having founded the Executive Board of Directors of Charleston Women in International Trade as well as serving as Chair of the Maritime Association Port of Charleston, among other positions. I'm thrilled that this year, Elizabeth has decided to add Congressional candidate to her list of achievements, and with your help, we'll be sending her to Washington, D.C. very soon."[14]

Media

General election

Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC unveiled their first commercial entitled "Air Sanford."

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's 1st general election television ad, "Independent"

Democrat Colbert-Busch aired her first general election television advertisement on April 9th 2013, kicking off the imminent airwaves war against former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford.[31]

In the ad, Colbert-Busch speaks directly to camera in the 30-second spot, describing herself as a “single mom with three young children.”[31] She never mentions Sanford in the advertisement, which appears to target female voters.[31] The ad buy cost an estimated for $76,000 and the spot will run from April 9 to April 15 in the Charleston and Savannah broadcast markets, as well as on cable in Charleston.[31]

The Democratic super PAC, House Majority PAC, took to the airwaves with a TV ad attacking former governor Sanford (R) in the special election, marking the first time an outside group has gone on the air in the race between Sanford and Democrat Colbert-Busch.[32] The group is expected to spend between $400,000 and $600,000 in the election.[33]

Sanford released his first television ad since becoming the Republican nominee, going after Colbert-Busch for her ties to unions.[34] The ad is a departure for Sanford, whose past television spots have been positive and biographical, focused largely on his record as governor and his comeback from the 2009 scandal that nearly cost him his job.[34] According to some reports, the campaign spent just under $100,000 to run the ad on cable and broadcast television in the Charleston and Savannah markets.[34] The South Carolina Republican Party put money into Sanford's campaign for the ad.[34]


House Majority PAC's final ad, "Trust"

Sanford's ad released April 23, 2013, "Voices"

On April 23, 2013 Sanford released a new ad claiming Democrat Colbert-Busch is "fighting for big labor" after accepting union donations.[35] Colbert-Busch, who accepted $5,000 in donations from the Machinists Union and has been endorsed by the state chapter of the labor union AFL-CIO, has said she will make job creation a top priority if elected.[35]

The Machinist Union defended Colbert-Busch, even releasing a statement stating that ads and comments to the press by Sanford "provided incorrect information about labor unions, specifically regarding the Boeing facility in North Charleston" and requested that Sanford pull the ads.[35]

According to media reports by multiple news outlets, the Machinists Union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in 2011, claiming Boeing's plans to build a plant in right-to-work South Carolina were in retaliation for labor activities at its Washington state plant.[35] The complaint was based on public comments made by a Boeing executive.[35] Ultimately, the high-profile complaint was dropped. The Washington plant continues to operate and a new North Charleston plan was built and is scheduled for expansion that both Sanford and Colbert-Busch have applauded.[35]

The House Majority PAC released its third and final ad of the special election, "Trust".[36] It features lifelong Republican woman – who in the past supported Mark Sanford – describing how deeply Sanford betrayed her trust.[36] “Trust” will air as part of House Majority PAC’s previously announced six-figure buy in this race.[36]

Andy Stone, Communications Director of House Majority PAC released the statement, “Mark Sanford’s record of betrayal to South Carolinians is more than a mile long. The bottom line is that after abandoning the Palmetto State, using taxpayer funds to travel in luxury and for personal purposes and even trespassing in his ex-wife’s home, South Carolina deserves better than Mark Sanford.”[36]

Primary election

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's 2nd television ad, "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Knows Jobs"

Republican Mark Sanford's 3rd television ad, "Difference"

In early March 2013, Mark Sanford released his third television ad in his campaign for the House seat.[37] In all, Sanford's campaign spent approximately $170,000 on three TV ads prior to the primary election, according to spokesman Joel Sawyer.[37] In the new ad, Sanford called himself "financially the most conservative governor in America and the "first governor to turn down stimulus money," an effort that failed when South Carolina's Supreme Court ruled the state must accept the $700 million.[37]

On March 15, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch released her second television ad.[38] The ad focused on her connection to the state and experience creating jobs.[38] She previously launched her first ad on the same day as Sanford's release of his third television ad.[37]

Polls

According to a poll released March 26, 2013 by Public Policy Polling, Colbert-Busch and Mark Sanford were neck and neck prior to the runoff primary election.[39] President of Public Policy Polling, Dean Debnam, described the race saying, “The South Carolina special looks like a toss up. The big question is how much Republicans will unify around their nominee after the runoff next week.”[39]

Following the runoff primary and heading into the general election, President of Public Policy Polling, Dean Debnam stated “Elizabeth Colbert Busch is now looking like a clear favorite in the special election. The only question is whether an extremely unpopular Sanford can find some way to make voters like her even less than him in the next two weeks.”[40]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election
Poll Elizabeth Colbert-Busch Mark SanfordEugene PlattMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 22-24, 2013
47%45%0%+/-2.91,175
Public Policy Polling
April 19-21, 2013
50%41%3%+/-3.5796
RRH/PMI
May 6, 2013
46%46%7%+/-5650
AVERAGES 47.67% 44% 3.33% +/-3.8 873.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Campaign donors

2013

Colbert-Busch raised almost as much as likely Republican nominee Mark Sanford at $309,559 and has $208,630 on hand.[41]

Early on, she had not received any money directly from her brother, but she had received $2,600 from Evelyn McGee and $2,500 from Evelyn Colbert. Stephen Colbert’s wife is Evelyn McGee Colbert. Trevor Potter, the Republican Washington lawyer hired to help Stephen Colbert start a super PAC, also contributed $500 to Colbert-Busch's campaign.[41] Colbert-Busch also reportedly received a $5,000 donation from the leadership PAC of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D), who also hosted a D.C. fundraiser for her in early March.[37]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico "No joke: Stephen Colbert’s sister plans House bid," January 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 South Carolina Radio Network "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 West Ashley Patch "A Closer Look at Elizabeth Colbert-Busch," January 18, 2013
  4. The Republic "Sanford's hopes of a political comeback rest with voters this week" Accessed March 17, 2013
  5. The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 SC Votes "March 19 Special Primary Election" Accessed March 19, 2013
  7. Huffington Post "South Carolina Election Results 2013" Accessed May 7, 2013
  8. MSNBC "Elizabeth Colbert Busch wedged in crowded special election race" Accessed March 17, 2013
  9. Salon.com "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  10. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  11. Politico "Mark Sanford advances to runoff" Accessed April 19, 2013
  12. Washington Post "Mark Sanford wins Republican runoff in South Carolina" Accessed April 2, 2013
  13. Politico "GOP frets Mark Sanford could blow it" Accessed April 4, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Daily Kos "Let's Send Elizabeth Colbert Busch to Congress" Accessed April 4, 2013
  15. Washingotn Post "The Fix's Top 5 Races of 2013" Accessed March 18, 2013
  16. Clemson University Restoration Institute
  17. [http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/article.php?article_id=4128 "Offshore wind industry has huge potential for Southeast, Clemson official tells conference", Clemson University, March 8, 2012
  18. MSNBC "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Wedged in Crowded Special Election Race" Accessed March 17, 2013
  19. "Southeast wind-energy conference to feature Clemson’s Restoration Institute", Clemson University, March 1, 2012
  20. Twitter "Elizabeth Colbert-Busch" Accessed April 4, 2013
  21. Washington Post "Scott's departure for Senate will trigger third special House election in 2013," December 17, 2012
  22. Roll Call "South Carolina Skelly exits Special Election" Accessed March 11, 2013
  23. South Carolina Republican Party Website "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013
  24. Huffington Post "South Carolina Election Results 2013" Accessed May 7, 2013
  25. Roll Call "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  26. Salon.com "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  27. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  28. Roll Call "South Carolina: Skelly Exits Special Election; Colbert’s Sister Now Top Democratic Contender," February 11, 2013
  29. North Charleston Patch, "Colbert Busch Receives Two Key Endorsements in SC1 Race," February 13, 2013
  30. Congressman James Clyburn Endorses Elizabeth Colbert Busch, The Charleston Chronicle, February 19, 2013
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Roll Call "South Carolina: Colbert Busch Targets Female Voters in First Spot Against Sanford" Accessed April 20, 2013
  32. Washington Post "Democratic super PAC hits Sanford as he goes after Colbert Busch" Accessed April 18, 2013
  33. Washington Post "Democratic super PAC hits Sanford as he goes after Colbert Busch" Accessed April 18, 2013
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 National Journal "Mark Sanford Attacks Elizabeth Colbert Busch in First General Election Ad" Accessed April 18, 2013
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 Island Packet "Sanford ad attacks Colbert Busch for union support; union says Sanford making false claims" Accessed April 25, 2013
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 The House Majority PAC "New House Majority PAC Spot In SC-01 Features Local Republican Woman On Why She Can’t Trust Mark Sanford" Accessed April 30, 2013
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 Sunlight Foudnation "Mark Sanford Drops 3rd ad in Special Election" Accessed March 17, 2013
  38. 38.0 38.1 National Journal "Colbert Busch Releases Second TV Ad" Accessed March 17, 2013
  39. 39.0 39.1 Public Policy Polling "PPP release SC 3/26" Accessed March 27, 2013
  40. Public Policy Polling "PPP Press Release South Carolina Special Election 4/22" Accessed April 25, 2013
  41. 41.0 41.1 Washington Post "Koch brother donates to Mark Sanford" Accessed March 11, 2013