About us

Mission & Purpose

To raise America’s awareness of the dangers of our nation's present financial path, so that we might take action to change it.


To give voice to financial reality. The airways have been filled with concerns over the coronavirus, terrorism, a warming earth and more. Left out is simple math that points toward financial destruction. Our present course on spending, debt and deficits leads to this, jobs lost and grave injury to the American dream.


The question for all of it lies in what we can do to change it. Many people acknowledge at a gut level that it doesn’t seem right or suitable to continue to amass debt and deficits as we are, but they logically figure they can’t do anything about it given its scale and the level of inattention it gets from Washington.

This not-for-profit and non-partisan organization is committed to educating the public on the importance of this issue and consequently give people a greater collective voice. Surely we can have a greater focus on what the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described as the greatest threat to American security? On this, none of us are alone in being concerned, but we need platforms that remind us that there are many others who also care and want to learn more about this issue. Americans for Debt and Deficit Reduction hopes to be one such platform.

Executive Director

Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford has had 25 years of focus and experience in educating and elevating the issue of our federal debt and deficit. He has done this over 12 years in the United States Congress and again in his interactions with Washington over his two terms as Governor of South Carolina.

His record as a fiscal reformer and debt and deficit hawk was incontestable over his years in office. Over his time in Congress, he was ranked number one by several taxpayer organizations for his efforts to limit the growth of debt and deficits. Similarly, as governor he and his team closed a funding hole of nearly a billion dollars which they inherited upon taking office.

He was also the first Governor in the nation to refuse stimulus funding and fought against these proposed additions to the debt all the way to the South Carolina Supreme Court. By the end of his second term, the CATO Institute ranked Mark the most fiscally-conservative Governor in America.

Mark graduated from Furman University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business. He later received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.