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Former SCGOP Chairman Katon Dawson has rejoined the “whites only” country club that he publicly bolted a year ago while running for chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), multiple sources at the club have told FITS.

Dawson resigned his membership at the Forest Lake Country Club last September – right around the time local media outlets were preparing to write a story about it.  The issued dogged Dawson in the race for RNC Chairman, a contest he eventually lost to former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele in January.

At the time of his resignation from the club, Dawson publicly urged its leaders to rethink their policy of refusing to admit blacks – a position that he has obviously now rethought himself.

There is no written prohibition against black members in the Club’s by-laws, however the deed to the property on which it is located expressly forbids their membership.

Subsequent investigations by FITS revealed that S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster – the current GOP gubernatorial front-runner – and Republican first Congressional District candidate Carroll A. Campbell III were also members.

Here are screen shots of McMaster’s and Campbell’s names appearing in the 2008 club directory.

FITS also uncovered Dawson and McMaster’s memberships in several other “whites only” social clubs.