S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell is guilty as sin when it comes to improperly reimbursing himself hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign account. In fact he’s returned $23,000 of the money – the equivalent of a bank robber returning to the scene of his crime and giving back a portion of his ill-gotten [...]
ELECTED OFFICIALS DEFY TRANSPARENCY
Numerous South Carolina state lawmakers failed to disclose their participation in a shady pension fund that enabled them to draw retirement benefits even though they had not yet retired. In fact, of the twenty-eight legislators who were taking payments from this fund – only seven reported doing so on their statements of [...]
As we noted in this expansive report, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is already facing the possibility of impeachment and removal from office over major ethics violations that allegedly occurred while she was a member of the S.C. House of Representatives.
Now Haley has another ethics headache to deal with …
The S.C. State Ethics Commission (SCSEC) confirmed [...]
SANFORD SET PRECEDENT FOR OPEN, PUBLIC ETHICS INQUIRIES
In 2009, former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford waived his right to confidentiality regarding an investigation by the S.C. State Ethics Commission – which was delving into various misuses of taxpayer funds related to his affair with Latin lover Maria Belen Chapur.
Sanford never explicitly campaigned on the issue of [...]
Multiple sources tell FITS that attorneys for S.C. Lt. Gov. Ken Ard (RINO-Pamplico) have privately confirmed the scandal-scarred elected official’s involvement in a “cash for contributions” scam – although they reportedly told investigators that they believe the shady arrangement to be “100 percent legal.”
First reported on by FITS last September, Ard’s alleged cash for contributions [...]
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley appears to have dramatically understated the value of private flights provided to her by campaign donors, political appointees and companies with business before the state.
The revelation – buried deep within a new report on Haley’s travel published by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier – is the latest ethical headache for [...]
South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) is in turmoil after one of its commissioners – David W. Huffstetler – allegedly acknowledged making a deliberate attempt to drive up legal fees for a company that he felt had mistreated his son.
Huffstetler ultimately recused himself from the case, but not before berating the company at a recent [...]
S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson is “supremely confident” that a statewide grand jury will return a criminal indictment against S.C. Lt. Gov. Ken Ard (RINO-Pamplico), sources close to the first-term Republican officeholder tell FITS.
Meanwhile, a pair of state lawmakers – one Democrat, the other Republican – tell FITS that Wilson is playing the case by [...]
S.C. Lt. Gov. Ken Ard‘s campaign finance problems just jumped to a higher energy level …
Earlier this week, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson‘s office announced that it has “requested the file” on the Ard investigation from the S.C. State Ethics Commission – which recently settled with the ethically-challenged “Lite Gov” on more than 100 campaign [...]
S.C. Lt. Gov. Ken Ard is being investigated by the S.C. State Ethics Commission for multiple campaign finance irregularities involving more than $20,000 in campaign cash that was spent after his victory over Democrat Ashley Cooper in November.
The story was first reported on Monday afternoon by Corey Hutchins of The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times.
According to [...]