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Hugh Leatherman’s “Precious Moments”

One of South Carolina’s meanest, most corrupt, bare-knuckled political brawlers dropped more than $8,000 in campaign funds on a Missouri-based firm specializing in cutesy figurines, FITS has learned. According to his most recent campaign finance report filed with the S.C. State Ethics Commission (SCSEC), powerful S.C. Senate finance committee chairman…

One of South Carolina’s meanest, most corrupt, bare-knuckled political brawlers dropped more than $8,000 in campaign funds on a Missouri-based firm specializing in cutesy figurines, FITS has learned.

According to his most recent campaign finance report filed with the S.C. State Ethics Commission (SCSEC), powerful S.C. Senate finance committee chairman Hugh Leatherman paid “Precious Moments” $8,262 on June 27 for “constituent gifts.”

Never been to the “Precious Moments” website? Treat yourself … 

Gifts purchased by politicians have been a hot topic in the Palmetto State this year after former S.C. Sen. Robert Ford – a Charleston Democrat – was busted spending campaign funds on penis enlargement pills and purchases at a pair of adult bookstores. Ford resigned rather than get run out of office by his “Republican” colleagues.

Are Leatherman’s purchases a legitimate campaign expenditure? We can’t fathom a scenario in which they could be considered such, but in the pantheon of Leatherman corruption this is truly small stuff.

And like everything else, he’ll get away with it …

A former Democrat who never abandoned his big-spending ways (just his party label), Leatherman is arguably the most powerful elected official in South Carolina – wielding unrivaled power over the state budget. In recent years, however, his grip over the budget process – and his health – has been slipping.

Maybe somebody needs to send him a “precious moments” figurine …

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44 comments

FloBo August 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

He is the biggest crook in SC history. Everybody knows it. He likes that they know it.

He is untouchable.

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Boz Martin August 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm

He has more mob ties than any other pol in the state. Even Jakie Knotts.

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FloBo August 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

He is the biggest crook in SC history. Everybody knows it. He likes that they know it.

He is untouchable.

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Boz Martin August 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm

He has more mob ties than any other pol in the state. Even Jakie Knotts.

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Mark August 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Are these life sized sculptures of Leatherman?

They seem to be the right height.though I never new Leatherman to cross dress.

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Tim norwood August 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

FYI senator Leatherman purchases Christmas ornaments as gifts for some of hiis supporters.

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Mark August 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Are these life sized sculptures of Leatherman?

They seem to be the right height.though I never new Leatherman to cross dress.

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Tim norwood August 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

FYI senator Leatherman purchases Christmas ornaments as gifts for some of hiis supporters.

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Mark August 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

If he sent one of these ugly little gnomes to me I would do a voodoo dance and stick pins in it and hope Leatherman gets bad juju.

Then I would pee pee on it and send it back to him with a note saying “I loath you, you crooked little fuck.”

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Miles August 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I overheard John Courson telling this joke to Leatherman:

Q: What is the difference between a clever midget and a venereal disease?

A: One is a cunning runt, and the other is a running cunt.

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Mark August 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

If he sent one of these ugly little gnomes to me I would do a voodoo dance and stick pins in it and hope Leatherman gets bad juju.

Then I would pee pee on it and send it back to him with a note saying “I loath you, you crooked little fuck.”

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Miles August 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I overheard John Courson telling this joke to Leatherman:

Q: What is the difference between a clever midget and a venereal disease?

A: One is a cunning runt, and the other is a running cunt.

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Dick August 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Leatherman is not really a midget. He is more of a people McNugget.

He needs a little special sauce on his head.Thankfully, he is just the right height.

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Dick August 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Leatherman is not really a midget. He is more of a people McNugget.

He needs a little special sauce on his head.Thankfully, he is just the right height.

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sweepin August 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

It is intriguing to me, and fascinating, that his detractors fail to understand what makes men like him “tick.” This man, Leatherman, is a self-made businessman whose umble start in life included a farm background (tobacco in Dillon County) later to become a successful entrepreneur in the concrete and engineering business.

Later; he would become one of the most powerful men in SC government with enough moxie and wit to understand that he must switch parties to survive in the electoral tumult in a changing SC voting demographic.

Why would you, FITS, a supposedly sophisticated pol, and your sycophants confuse the issues of electability and power that accompanies popular support with that of idealogical purity?

Are you that naive, or that boneheaded stubborn?

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Alex August 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Because Leatherman is a crook. A man that cannot be trusted. A man that uses his office to enrich his friends. A man that has made a fortune steering state money to his bank account. A man that has given cover to other bad men as they do bad acts.A man that has betrayed the public’s trust.

He will break hell wide open.

That is why we don’t like Leatherman.

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sweepinq August 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

What in the hell does that diatribe have to do with the question I posed? Why would a man of Leatherman’s power give a shit about pissants like you and FITS?

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Alex August 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Sweeping,
Worship evil men and you are, by definition. evil.
Alex

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Boz Martin August 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Preach it right over here to the choir, brother.

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Dolphin Flogger August 13, 2013 at 3:45 am

Is it possible to prove any of that, or where you day dreaming about this while you where spanking it to Politico earlier today?

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Boz Martin August 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Sic has synchophants? Is that anything like minions?

I need to get me some minions. I hear they come in handy.

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sweepin August 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

It is intriguing to me, and fascinating, that his detractors fail to understand what makes men like him “tick.” This man, Leatherman, is a self-made businessman whose umble start in life included a farm background (tobacco in Dillon County) later to become a successful entrepreneur in the concrete and engineering business.

Later; he would become one of the most powerful men in SC government with enough moxie and wit to understand that he must switch parties to survive in the electoral tumult in a changing SC voting demographic.

Why would you, FITS, a supposedly sophisticated pol, and your sycophants confuse the issues of electability and power that accompanies popular support with that of idealogical purity?

Are you that naive, or that boneheaded stubborn?

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Alex August 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Because Leatherman is a crook. A man that cannot be trusted. A man that uses his office to enrich his friends. A man that has made a fortune steering state money to his bank account. A man that has given cover to other bad men as they do bad acts.A man that has betrayed the public’s trust.

He will break hell wide open.

That is why we don’t like Leatherman.

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sweepinq August 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

What in the hell does that diatribe have to do with the question I posed? Why would a man of Leatherman’s power give a shit about pissants like you and FITS?

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Alex August 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Sweeping,
Worship evil men and you are, by definition. evil.
Alex

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Boz Martin August 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Preach it right over here to the choir, brother.

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Dolphin Flogger August 13, 2013 at 3:45 am

Is it possible to prove any of that, or where you day dreaming about this while you where spanking it to Politico earlier today?

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Boz Martin August 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Sic has synchophants? Is that anything like minions?

I need to get me some minions. I hear they come in handy.

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Smirks August 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

He needs a “precious moment” with an overly friendly cell mate.

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Smirks August 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

He needs a “precious moment” with an overly friendly cell mate.

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Oh Shit August 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm

The biggest problem with getting rid of Leatherman is the immoral, unethical scumbag
Harvey Peeler.

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Oh Shit August 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm

The biggest problem with getting rid of Leatherman is the immoral, unethical scumbag
Harvey Peeler.

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Dan on Divine August 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

Jean Toal protects Leatherman in the courts and he protects her in the Senate. Leatherman has made enough money now and Toal inherited hers. The common denominator is their mutual addiction to POWER. As children, he was a tiny little man and she was an ugly girl/woman. They both have the abiliity to be ruthless and do anything to protect their power. They both know that few politicians will stoop as low as they would to protect their positions. Let’s see if they can be eased out of their offices “somewhat honorably” or will there have to be come catastrophic event in their careers to cause a train wreck to end their abuse of South Carolina. Leatherman is reputed to be working to change the composition of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission now to stack the commission in Toal’s favor. You heard it here first. Chip Campson, watch out. They want you OFF that commission. Grumpy as you are, Chip, you’re better than a Leatherman pawn.

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Judith August 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

Dan, Toal is worse than Leatherman. Toal always had the money. Her thing is she loves owning people. She loves having them cower in her presence and begging for her blessing and forgiveness. In a state government agency with whom I have been associated, the lawyers here are petrified of her and her secret police force (ODC). She can get lawyers in state government fired, demoted or transferred to Socastee or to another agency on any whim and without any reason.

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Doris August 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

I have known Toal since 1970. I was around the statehouse in 1974 when she stormed in. She has always been this bad. When as a legislator, she lied about some horrible cancer – she didn’t have – to get votes to get onto the Judiciary Committee, we knew then she is a sociopath. I was sipping a cocktail just yesterday when an article came on NPR about sociopaths. The first person I thought of was Jean Hoefer Toal. Google the program and see if you don’t agree.

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Dan on Divine August 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

Jean Toal protects Leatherman in the courts and he protects her in the Senate. Leatherman has made enough money now and Toal inherited hers. The common denominator is their mutual addiction to POWER. As children, he was a tiny little man and she was an ugly girl/woman. They both have the abiliity to be ruthless and do anything to protect their power. They both know that few politicians will stoop as low as they would to protect their positions. Let’s see if they can be eased out of their offices “somewhat honorably” or will there have to be come catastrophic event in their careers to cause a train wreck to end their abuse of South Carolina. Leatherman is reputed to be working to change the composition of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission now to stack the commission in Toal’s favor. You heard it here first. Chip Campson, watch out. They want you OFF that commission. Grumpy as you are, Chip, you’re better than a Leatherman pawn.

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Judith August 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

Dan, Toal is worse than Leatherman. Toal always had the money. Her thing is she loves owning people. She loves having them cower in her presence and begging for her blessing and forgiveness. In a state government agency with whom I have been associated, the lawyers here are petrified of her and her secret police force (ODC). She can get lawyers in state government fired, demoted or transferred to Socastee or to another agency on any whim and without any reason.

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Doris August 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

I have known Toal since 1970. I was around the statehouse in 1974 when she stormed in. She has always been this bad. When as a legislator, she lied about some horrible cancer – she didn’t have – to get votes to get onto the Judiciary Committee, we knew then she is a sociopath. I was sipping a cocktail just yesterday when an article came on NPR about sociopaths. The first person I thought of was Jean Hoefer Toal. Google the program and see if you don’t agree.

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Donor August 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

Probably Christmas ornaments, He gives a nice ornament to his higher donors each year.

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Donor August 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

Probably Christmas ornaments, He gives a nice ornament to his higher donors each year.

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LoveThemGayRepublicans August 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

A precious moment with Andre, maybe, in a motel room off the interstate?

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LoveThemGayRepublicans August 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

A precious moment with Andre, maybe, in a motel room off the interstate?

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Fandango August 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Laundering money? Or possibly, giving business to a relative or girlfriend who has an interest in “precious moments”?
Well, at least we know, if leatherface is bumped and Harvey is in charge, the money will go for wine, women and song at the nearest strip joints.
Anyone remember the story of the Police raid, called off when Harvey’s Senate tag was seen in the strip joint parking lot?
It seems I remember something along these lines? Right or was it something else?
Maybe Harve and Haley can get twin lap dances?

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Fandango August 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Laundering money? Or possibly, giving business to a relative or girlfriend who has an interest in “precious moments”?
Well, at least we know, if leatherface is bumped and Harvey is in charge, the money will go for wine, women and song at the nearest strip joints.
Anyone remember the story of the Police raid, called off when Harvey’s Senate tag was seen in the strip joint parking lot?
It seems I remember something along these lines? Right or was it something else?
Maybe Harve and Haley can get twin lap dances?

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