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About Mark Sanford’s Signs …

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Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford has a reputation for frugality … unless of course you count that time he scheduled an “economic development” mission to South America for the sole purpose of knockin’ boots with his then-mistress (now fiance) Maria Belen Chapur.

Sanford repaid taxpayers for some of the costs associated with that trip, but …

Anyway, when it comes to his own money, Sanford is a very tan version of Ebenezer Scrooge … which is why during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign staffers were forced to use both sides of Post-It notes (true story).

Sanford’s latest adventure in frugality? Sheathing plywood signs with black spray paint bearing witness to his “fiscal conservatism.”

We were provided with a picture of one of these signs on our Twitter page last week but didn’t take much notice of it because we assumed it was a random act of political graffiti. Apparently not …

A Sanford spokesman confirmed to FITS this week that the former governor’s campaign is behind the signs – using volunteers to paint and distribute them.

Hmmmm …

Standard 4X8 political road signs cost about $17 per unit – while a 4X8 piece of sheathing plywood runs about $13, according to the latest prices at Lowe’s. Sanford gets two signs for the price of one, though, as most of his signs are of the 4X4 variety. The former governor is saving additional money by reusing signposts he kept after his 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns.

Typically congressional campaigns purchase between 250-300 signs of this size each election.

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