FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 21, 2016
CONTACT: R.J. May III
SC Club for Growth Foundation Releases Legislative Scorecards
70% of Legislature Receives Failing Marks from Club
COLUMBIA, S.C. –After Governor Haley’s State of the State address last night, the South Carolina Club for Growth Foundation released its 2015 Interim Legislative Scorecards. Of the 170 lawmakers in the General Assembly, only 7 representatives and 11 senators scored well enough to earn an A or B from the Club. However, the opposite end of the grading scale was well represented. 119 legislators received F grades from the conservative educational organization.
Scorecards can be found by clicking here.
The South Carolina Club for Growth Foundation scored 8 House votes and 9 Senate votes from the 2015 legislative session, including votes on ethics reform, the gas tax increase, and the removal of the confederate flag.
“It is no surprise that politicians often talk a great game back home only to vote against the interests of hardworking South Carolinians and often under the cover of darkness while using inside-the-capitol procedural tactics aimed at making it difficult for everyday people to follow,” said Club executive director R.J. May III. “These scorecards break through the clutter and paint a clear picture that shows who really cares about reducing spending, conservative reform, and other pro-growth issues.”
Scores are based on a thorough analysis of the thousands of votes taken last session with a focus on the budget process, government reform and restructuring, and pro or anti-growth policies.
A pro-growth vote received the maximum number of points, while a vote against the pro-growth position received no points. In certain circumstances, points were deducted from legislators for changing a vote. If a legislator went on record as abstaining from a vote – due to a conflict of interest – that vote was not factored into their total score.
The SC Club for Growth Foundation Scorecard only looks at votes on the floor of the Senate and House or Representatives. It does not take into consideration a legislator’s work outside of the chambers.