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Barwick renews invitation for Kolb to sign on to his campaign transparency plan

Sumter, SC – June 21, 2012 – Another day has gone by, and Wade Kolb has refused to distance himself from a shadowy, third-party group that is trying to influence the District 35 GOP Senate Primary.

Media outlets, including the Sumter Item and the Columbia Free Times, have detailed the efforts of the so-called “SC Conservative Reform Council” to influence the state Senate race, with the group spending heavily on radio and mail in the district. Records of this group do not exist in any state database, and the only address listed is for a UPS store P.O. Box outside of the district.

On Wednesday, Sumter County businessman Tony Barwick called on Kolb to denounce the group. Unfortunately, thus far, Kolb and his team have chosen to publicly embrace them instead, with Kolb telling The Item that “he appreciates the group’s support.” Earlier in the week, a spokeswoman for Kolb told the Columbia Free Times that the group’s efforts were a “pleasant surprise.”

Barwick has invited Kolb to support his Campaign Transparency Bill, which would force groups spending money to influence an election to file with the Secretary of State and with the State Ethics Committee, to list members of the organization and their boards of directors, and to post all of their spending online with the Ethics Committee.

“I don’t understand how anyone could be against the kind of transparency I’m asking for here,” Barwick said. “Instead of condemning this shadowy group that spends its time skating on the edge of the law, Wade is choosing to make baseless claims about me and my campaign. I again urge Wade to stop playing politics with this issue, and promise that no matter who wins this race, we can work together to clean up our corrupt political system.”


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