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Description of Materials for 1992 Senatorial Campaign

The ten feet of 1992 campaign records consist of campaign organization files, correspondence, Democratic Party information, financial records, persons files (including opposition research), publicity files, strategy files, topical files, and voter research activities (including polling).

The campaign organization records include schedules, staff notebooks and memos, and the files of Andy Brack, campaign spokesman and press contact, and Tom Mullikin, campaign manager. Financial Records include standard campaign budget information, as well as contact lists, divided by group (mayors and county council chairs, for example) and by county, and an extensive run of folders detailing fundraising events and rallies going back to March, 1991.

The amount of opposition research collected exploded in this campaign. The persons files include over two feet of information on Hartnett, including extensive background research into Hartnett's personal finances and life in general and his stance on a number of issues like workfare, product liability, and health care. Hartnett's files also include information on Hartnett's research on Hollings. Of interest is a transcript of the testimony Hartnett gave in the Leach vs. Westvaco Development Corporation in 1992.

Publicity files provide an in-depth view of the strategies and tactics employed to mold the candidate's image and obtain favorable press coverage. Of note in the strategy files are the Coordinated Campaign files, which outline the South Carolina Democratic Party's strategy for 1992, and the weekly updates on the campaigns.

Topical consists of Hollings' stances on the issues of the campaign such as budget, Gramm-Rudman-Hollings, Hugo, textiles, and trade. The FEMA folder involved Hollings' response to the (as he saw) poor performance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in responding to Hurricane Hugo. 1992's Hurricane Andrew, in Florida, rekindled this issue. Included also is a lengthy booklet, 'Issues Guide,' compiled by Hollings' staff with outlines of the Senator's positions on numerous issues.

This campaign saw a surge in voter research by the campaign. Several polls, surveys, and analyses are included in Voter Research, including 5 books of 'South Carolina Precinct Analysis' and 'A Survey of Attitudes Among Voters in South Carolina,' eight notebooks with results from surveys conducted from June, 1991, to October, 1992. The files between the 1992 and 1998 elections consist mainly of Democratic Party files. Of interest are the files from the 1996 National Convention and information on 'precinct targeting' in South Carolina. In preparation for the 1998 campaign, several surveys were completed in five districts.


  • 1992 (defeated Tommy Hartnett in the general election)


From the Collection: 800 Linear Feet


Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA