Gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin releases ads on economic plan, ethics

This is a screen capture from S.C. gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin. (PROVIDED)

Tom Ervin, the independent running for governor, released a new statewide television advertisement Tuesday promising more ethical politics in the Statehouse.

That ad comes on the heels of another TV advertisement released Sunday that touts the candidate's economic plan.

The statewide advertising buys are expected to total $2 million and follow an introductory ad last week that focused on a good deed Ervin did for the widow of a military service member.

The ethics advertisement follows a legislative session when the General Assembly failed to pass a large ethics reform bill that would have forced lawmakers to disclose their personal sources of income. In the end, despite some advances such as the income requirement, critics decried the bill as a way for legislators to have greater license to spend campaign funds, among other concerns.

"My plan for cleaning up Columbia calls for term limits, getting rid of secret campaign accounts, banning gifts to politicians, and getting tough on lobbyists," Ervin said in a statement. "These common sense reforms will end the revolving door on cronyism and restore trust in our government."

In the other ad released Sunday, Ervin put out an economic blueprint that includes abolishing the state income tax. "Let's get rid of our personal income tax. Increase the minimum wage, and offset it with small business tax credits. Really fix our crumbling roads and bridges, stand tall for our Port of Charleston. Common sense, not rocket science," Ervin says in the ad.

While some advertisements have run earlier this year, early August has been a big one for advertisements online and on the airwaves. Gov. Nikki Haley released a television advertisement last week touting her welfare to work program, and the campaign of Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen released a Web video Tuesday about a national report focusing on issues at the Department of Social Services.

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