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Earlier today this website broke the story of an alleged $43 billion shortfall at Nikki Haley’s Department of Transportation (SCDOT) – one that will create annual deficits of $1.7 billion for the next twenty-five years.

Or so we’re told …

Do we believe those numbers?  Sure … if South Carolina’s “Republican” leaders continue trying to operate the nation’s fourth-largest network of roads via a nakedly political and shamelessly corrupt system of spoils that places pork barrel projects ahead of legitimate needs.

We could see that …

Anyway … one item of interest we neglected to mention in our coverage was the author of the report, CDM Smith.

For those of you unfamiliar with the company, it used to go by a different name: Wilbur Smith.  And yes, that’s the outfit that paid then-S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley more than $40,000 (money the “transparency” candidate failed to disclose, incidentally) for – allegedly – her “connections.”

And by “connections,” we of course mean a whole lotta nothing.

Wilbur Smith is one of two companies Haley was accused of lobbying for while serving as a member of the S.C. House – which of course is flagrantly illegal.  In fact there was incontrovertible evidence of lobbying activity by Haley related to one of those companies – Lexington Medical Center – but nothing ever came of it.  All of the governor’s transgressions were ultimately washed away by her GOP cronies.

Oh well … it’s nice to know Wilbur Smith, errr CDM Smith, finally got something worthwhile out of Haley.