S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse (RINO-Charleston) has been accused of leveraging his powerful perch as a budget writer in the S.C. House of Representatives to solicit campaign contributions for his recently announced congressional bid. In fact multiple sources who claim to have been approached for money by Limehouse – a.k.a. “Fat Boy” – tell FITS this powerful lieutenant of fiscally liberal S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell (RINO-Charleston) went so far as to threaten them with retaliation if they didn’t ante up.

“Words weren’t minced,” one source tells us. “It wasn’t implicit, it was flat out ‘you’re gonna help me or else.’ He explicitly mentioned being the first vice chair on Ways and Means.”

One of numerous candidates for the U.S. House seat vacated earlier this year by newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, Limehouse is richer than God and could easily self-finance his congressional campaign if he wanted to. But that’s not how rich people operate – and to their credit, that’s one reason they’re so rich. Of course what Limehouse has been accused of doing is highly illegal – and the fact he’s allegedly making such threats in the context of a federal election means there could be real consequences to his actions.

Ordinarily, such scandals would be ignored by the S.C. House Ethics Committee – which has a long history of covering up illegal activity by current and former legislators. And obviously this rotund RINO is no stranger to corruption (see here, here and here).

Sources close to Limehouse bristled at the allegations.

“That’s undeniably fabricated by folks who do not like the fact that Chip Limehouse is positioning himself as the early leader in this race,” a source close to Limehouse told FITS. “I expect we will see far more mudslinging before this thing is over.”

Limehouse’s bid is already off to a rocky start. Grilled for his liberal voting record at a recent Republican meeting on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the 18-year lawmaker snapped that he wasn’t attending the meeting to discuss his record in the S.C. House but rather his congressional bid. His response was reportedly captured on film.

In addition to Limehouse, former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley), S.C. Rep. Peter McCoy (R-James Island), S.C. Rep. Andy Patrick (RINO-Beaufort), former S.C. Sen. John Kuhn, Charleston businessman Teddy Turner and Charleston attorney Curtis Bostic are presumptive candidates for this seat.

Earlier today, former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel indicated he, too, was considering a bid.