When Carol Tempel got the support of the obscure Working Families Party for her petition candidacy for State House District 115, one has to wonder if she got that support the old-fashioned way - by paying for it.
While other campaigns got their petition signatures via efforts by volunteers, Tempel paid for the gathering of signatures - and possibly the endorsement of the Working Families Party. According to her October campaign finance report, her campaign paid "SC Working Families" over three thousand dollars for canvassing for petition signatures to get her on the ballot after she was bumped off the Democratic Party ballot in the spring.
The Working Families Party has been linked to ACORN, and it's New York affiliate has been accused of selling its services in other states. Among the critics of the Working Family Party's pay-to-play approach to politics is the New York Times, which wrote:
That's rather fine company to bring into the South Carolina Lowcountry.
The "pay to play" approach that Tempel has used to get on the ballot and court the support of an ethically-challenged far left political organization doesn't seem to indicate strong grass-roots support for her challenge to incumbent GOP State Rep. Peter McCoy - and should raise questions about her and the political company she's keeping.