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SCGOP Refused Free Legal Help

At least four lawyer-legislators in the S.C. General Assembly offered the South Carolina Republican Party free legal services in response to last year’s ballot fiasco – yet were rebuffed by former SCGOP chairman Chad Connelly. These lawyer-legislators tell FITS their overtures to Connelly were part of a broader effort by…

At least four lawyer-legislators in the S.C. General Assembly offered the South Carolina Republican Party free legal services in response to last year’s ballot fiasco – yet were rebuffed by former SCGOP chairman Chad Connelly.

These lawyer-legislators tell FITS their overtures to Connelly were part of a broader effort by Republican lawyers to provide free legal assistance to the party in the wake of “Ballot-maggedon,” a filing fiasco last spring which resulted in hundreds of candidates for public office being booted from the Republican (and Democratic) primary ballots for failing to properly file their required income disclosure forms.

Rather than take the free assistance, though, Connelly chose to hire pricey attorneys to represent the party – a decision which has put the SCGOP in grim financial shape.

“You wanna talk about unnecessary spending,” one Republican attorney who offered his services to the party tells FITS. “They had dozens of us go to them and say ‘we will do this for you for free’ and … nothing. We never heard back from them. Then we come to find out the party is hemorrhaging cash.”

As we noted in this report, the SCGOP is more than $300,000 in debt – which new chairman Matt Moore acknowledges is due to legal bills from the ballot fiasco. Moore claimed this week that the party would pay off its debt before the 2014 elections.

Frankly, this debacle is just like “Republicans.” Always looking to spend other people’s money when it’s not necessary.

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75 comments

southmauldin June 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

And Amway McGee gets a job with the national party. Fitting.

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? June 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

“Amway McGee”-LMAO!

Who better to sell the GOP “brand” than an Amway salesman?

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southmauldin June 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

And Amway McGee gets a job with the national party. Fitting.

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? June 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

“Amway McGee”-LMAO!

Who better to sell the GOP “brand” than an Amway salesman?

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? June 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

So if the SCGOP goes financially bankrupt(it’s already philosophically there), does that mean a new party will spring up in its place?

:)

Yea, Yea, I know…but one can hope.

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southmauldin June 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

Yeah, the “Will Folks Taxpayer Rebate Party”. It will number in the hundreds.

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? June 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

Ha! Two funny ones from you today. Kudos.

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southmauldin June 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

When you live in SC, the material is right there for the taking. We are the low hanging fruit of the late night comedians.

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? June 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

So if the SCGOP goes financially bankrupt(it’s already philosophically there), does that mean a new party will spring up in its place?

:)

Yea, Yea, I know…but one can hope.

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southmauldin June 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

Yeah, the “Will Folks Taxpayer Rebate Party”. It will number in the hundreds.

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? June 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

Ha! Two funny ones from you today. Kudos.

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southmauldin June 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

When you live in SC, the material is right there for the taking. We are the low hanging fruit of the late night comedians.

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Torch June 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

How much money did Connelly put in his pocket for the deal?

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Torch June 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

How much money did Connelly put in his pocket for the deal?

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food for thought June 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

here’s some food for thought…how would it look if current legislators (who weren’t kicked off the ballot) started offering free legal services to the party because of a law they passed that started this mess in the first place? When did it become kosher for those who pass stupid laws to be allowed to also be the attorney in court against said laws? makes more sense to hire an independent, non crony state house lawyer-legislator.

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nitrat June 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

I agree a lawyer legislature doesn’t pass muster. But, not all Republican lawyers are in the legislature. They just must all believe their membership in the GOP means nothing if they can’t make a buck from it.

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blow me, disqus June 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

Yeah, no shit.

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food for thought June 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

here’s some food for thought…how would it look if current legislators (who weren’t kicked off the ballot) started offering free legal services to the party because of a law they passed that started this mess in the first place? When did it become kosher for those who pass stupid laws to be allowed to also be the attorney in court against said laws? makes more sense to hire an independent, non crony state house lawyer-legislator.

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nitrat June 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

I agree a lawyer legislature doesn’t pass muster. But, not all Republican lawyers are in the legislature. They just must all believe their membership in the GOP means nothing if they can’t make a buck from it.

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blow me, disqus June 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

Yeah, no shit.

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David in TR June 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

And how exactly are they gonna pay Matt Moore’s new $100K+ salary as a paid chairman plus all the legal debt?

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bob sacamanto June 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Uhhh, that would be because, despite this misinformation, they’re NOT broke.

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David in TR June 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

And how exactly are they gonna pay Matt Moore’s new $100K+ salary as a paid chairman plus all the legal debt?

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bob sacamanto June 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Uhhh, that would be because, despite this misinformation, they’re NOT broke.

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Smirks June 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

“Free” doesn’t scratch any backs, duh.

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Smirks June 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

“Free” doesn’t scratch any backs, duh.

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Curious June 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

It’s Wednesday already, where are those indictments that are supposed to be coming this week?

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Curious June 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

Ah, I see a “guest” is using my username.

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Classist Historian June 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

They (“guests”) are bad about doing that on this blog. Ask the original “Observant” [now, apparently, “Original Observant” just to keep things straight] who had a name thief completely reverse his/her posting positions.

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Curious June 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thanks for the heads up.

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EJB June 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Sometimes this thing lets me post as me but lately I have to post me as a guest. How do I fix that?

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Classist Historian June 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Go to the discus thing, erase your existing name, and “re-register” using another like “A nonny mouse”.
Bothersome, as compared to the old system, but effective.

Try to buy that domain cunt June 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm

At least you can think of an original name although your reference to guests is interesting since I have NEVER seen a post by you on this blog dickweed.

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Classist Historian June 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Don’t have to buy it. Doncha knows dat it be free…. and can be changed in a few keystrokes.

Anyname I choose June 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Who really gives cares. If you want someone to appreciate you for your posted content then man up and use your fucking actual name. Petty motherfucker. Furthermore, if you want to lay claim to a “name” try to be original – that shit just came to my mind at the time. ASSHOLE

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Curious June 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Touchy! People use anon names on here because revealing our identities could threaten our positions. We thank FITS for the freedom to do that.

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Classist Historian June 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

“Fits” doesn’t use his name most of the time (although it looks like Amy L will) so why should I?
“Anyname I choose” seems to fit your purposes. “Noname atall” might work better.

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Curious June 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

It’s Wednesday already, where are those indictments that are supposed to be coming this week?

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Curious June 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

Ah, I see a “guest” is using my username.

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unusualpost June 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

They (“guests”) are bad about doing that on this blog. Ask the original “Observant” [now, apparently, “Original Observant” just to keep things straight] who had a name thief completely reverse his/her posting positions.

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Curious June 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thanks for the heads up.

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EJB June 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Sometimes this thing lets me post as me but lately I have to post me as a guest. How do I fix that?

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unusualpost June 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Go to the discus thing, erase your existing name, and “re-register” using another like “A nonny mouse”.
Bothersome, as compared to the old system, but effective.

Try to buy that domain cunt June 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm

At least you can think of an original name although your reference to guests is interesting since I have NEVER seen a post by you on this blog dickweed.

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unusualpost June 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Don’t have to buy it. Doncha knows dat it be free…. and can be changed in a few keystrokes.

Anyname I choose June 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Who really gives cares. If you want someone to appreciate you for your posted content then man up and use your fucking actual name. Petty motherfucker. Furthermore, if you want to lay claim to a “name” try to be original – that shit just came to my mind at the time. ASSHOLE

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Curious June 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Touchy! People use anon names on here because revealing our identities could threaten our positions. We thank FITS for the freedom to do that.

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unusualpost June 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

“Fits” doesn’t use his name most of the time (although it looks like Amy L will) so why should I?
“Anyname I choose” seems to fit your purposes. “Noname atall” might work better.

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nitrat June 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

Oh, Lordy, I love it when the Peter principle is so blindingly on display!!
Ole Chad has certainly risen to his level of incompetence…and, beyond… to NATIONAL levels!
What this says about Reince Priebus is no surprise either.

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nitrat June 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

Oh, Lordy, I love it when the Peter principle is so blindingly on display!!
Ole Chad has certainly risen to his level of incompetence…and, beyond… to NATIONAL levels!
What this says about Reince Priebus is no surprise either.

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GrandTango June 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

Ballot deal was Jake Knotts and Jean Toal’s baby. They are democrats and would have prevailed regardless.

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Sic Semper Follis June 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

You never recovered from that gunshot wound to the back of the head in April 1865, did you?

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EJB June 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Generally I don’t like Lincoln jokes but in this context it is funny.

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Jan June 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Jake Knott is a Republican

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Darth June 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

That’s only a nasty rumor, as is the claim that Samm McConnell is the father of Jean Toal’s love child…

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byrdscuz June 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

okay.
i vote connelly turned down the ‘free’ help on account of the chance
someday one or more of these 4 attorney/legislator types will come back
and say, remember back when i ‘helped’ you… well, i now need you to
‘help’ me! seems connelly opted to avoid this future situation.

anyway,
if this is not the reason, then there’s no valid frigging reason in the
world to make sense of him turning down the free help! unless………

no!
let’s wait! i’m sure [i’m hoping!] before long, someone will tell us
who the attorneys are the scgop hired and paid those big $$$ to, for
defending them! it could well be there’s an interesting connection
between connelly and company and the attorneys they hired. [i can only
hope!] we shall see!

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bob sacamanto June 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

All of the attorney’s involved are a matter of public record.

And as for the supposed “free” help, this is a load of horse crap.

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byrdscuz June 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

okay.
i vote connelly turned down the ‘free’ help on account of the chance
someday one or more of these 4 attorney/legislator types will come back
and say, remember back when i ‘helped’ you… well, i now need you to
‘help’ me! seems connelly opted to avoid this future situation.

anyway,
if this is not the reason, then there’s no valid frigging reason in the
world to make sense of him turning down the free help! unless………

no!
let’s wait! i’m sure [i’m hoping!] before long, someone will tell us
who the attorneys are the scgop hired and paid those big $$$ to, for
defending them! it could well be there’s an interesting connection
between connelly and company and the attorneys they hired. [i can only
hope!] we shall see!

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bob sacamanto June 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

All of the attorney’s involved are a matter of public record.

And as for the supposed “free” help, this is a load of horse crap.

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Jan June 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Free legal help is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Jan June 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Free legal help is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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bordeline-anarchist June 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

Isn’t the real story … who got paid??

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bordeline-anarchist June 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

Isn’t the real story … who got paid??

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bordeline-anarchist June 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

Maybe someone should suggest a full independent financial forensic audit?

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Jimmy June 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

The party has an outside audit done every year.

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bordeline-anarchist June 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

Maybe someone should suggest a full independent financial forensic audit?

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Jimmy June 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

The party has an outside audit done every year.

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Darth June 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Also not the first freebies turned down, but SCGOP has had a history of considering the pro bono and gratis stuff as having that worth, unless its drinks and heavy horse douvers…

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Darth June 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Also not the first freebies turned down, but SCGOP has had a history of considering the pro bono and gratis stuff as having that worth, unless its drinks and heavy horse douvers…

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9" June 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

Is that mousse in his hair? It’s strange;in SC,’so gay’ and republican have cum to mean the same thing…

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9" June 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

Is that mousse in his hair? It’s strange;in SC,’so gay’ and republican have cum to mean the same thing…

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