If Mark Sanford accepts the endorsement of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and the $2,600 that goes along with it, the South Carolina Republican congressional hopeful will be joining a list of well-known Democrats and breaking a long streak for the pornographer-turned-political activist.
A check of political donations in Sunlight's Influence Explorer reveals that his promised donation to Sanford would be Flynt's first to a Republican since 1993, when he wrote a check to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In all, Flynt's political contributions total $111,175 at the state and federal level, according to Influence Explorer.
His new favorite candidate is attempting a political comeback after a badly mismanaged attempt to cover up an extramarital affair while he was governor derailed a once promising career. "No one has done more to expose the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values in America today. He is the man of the hour—the midnight hour," Flynt said in making his endorsement. "He has demonstrated by his words and deeds that traditional values are shameful and that he will not live by such rules. As the Bible teaches us: 'Ye shall know them by their fruits.," Flynt said.
Flynt's other recent politicial beneficiaries include former President Bill Clinton, his infamously wronged wife, former Secretary of State and former Sen. Hillary Clinton, as well as President Barack Obama. A complete list of Flynt's contributions to federal and state candidates is below.
The outspoken sex magazine mogul has a history of making political mischief. Last year, he offered a $1 million bounty for any one who could produce then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's tax returns. He's also attempted to out gays in high office. But in 1998, he earned the sobriquet "investigative pornographer" when his revelations about extramarital affairs by Rep. Bob Livingston forced the Louisiana Republican to resign his congressional seat just as he was about to become speaker of the House.
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