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Lee Bright Fails To Disclose Economic Interests

S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) did not follow the lead of his fellow candidates in disclosing his personal income information this week. Bright – who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal “Republican” Lindsey Graham – asked for (and received) an extension for submitting his required paperwork….

S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) did not follow the lead of his fellow candidates in disclosing his personal income information this week.

Bright – who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal “Republican” Lindsey Graham – asked for (and received) an extension for submitting his required paperwork. Graham filed his economic interest forms – as did Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace and Upstate social conservative Richard Cash, both of whom are challenging Graham in the 2014 Republican primary election for this seat.

What prompted Bright’s delay? Well, last time we checked his business wasn’t going so well. Maybe he didn’t want to deal with the embarrassment?

Hmmmm …

Why does this issue matter? Well for those of you who have already forgotten, hundreds of candidates were booted from the ballot in South Carolina last year for failing to file their economic interest forms in a timely manner (a story which broke exclusively on FITS).

Other candidates – including S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – have been substantially less than honest in disclosing their income.

As a result, disclosure of economic interests has become a major political issue – with lawmakers like S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay pushing aggressive reforms aimed at broadening disclosure requirements and stiffening penalties for violators.

We’ve said on numerous previous occasions that we don’t hold Bright’s business failings against him.

“Whatever Bright’s personal business issues are – and it appears pretty obvious at this point that he has some serious ones – businesses go under and declare bankruptcy every day (more often than ever these days),” we wrote last year.

Times are tough. We get that.

But Bright’s failure to disclose raises a serious red flag … one he needs to address sooner rather than later.

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17 comments

Jenny Craig October 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

Looks to me like his major economic interest is in Golden Corral.

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Nölff October 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

Best comment of the week.

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Centrist View October 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

There is a Democrat running for Lindsey Graham’s seat.

http://jaystamper.com/

Is this a token gesture or real competition?

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Nölff October 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

It doesn’t matter how good Stamper may seem. I don’t think he stands a snowball’s chance in Hell for Graham’s seat only because he’s a Democrat.
God doesn’t want you to vote Democrat. It says so in the book of Caucasians.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein October 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

“the book of Caucasians”

*chuckles*

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Matt October 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm

If the republicans end up nominating a right wing nut job aka tea party, I think dems have a small shot at the seat.

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Mr. Magoo October 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

Nancy Maces financial disclosure showed that she STILL OWNS FITSNEWS. No wonder this place is always pumping her up.

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Karl October 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm

negative.

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Penus Williams October 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

He may be having difficulty with the conversion rate from his SC Dollars to the US Dollar.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein October 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

From what TBG has read, heeee-ain’ got no “economic interests” to disclose.

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Philip Branton October 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

What is very telling is the media efforts by both Scott and Graham in keeping citizens informed. Heaven forbid any representative of the people actually ENGAGE their constituents.

The same goes for Mr Bright.

Where has Jay Stamper been? Has he been in Nancy Mace’s backyard to do an interview here for FITSNEWS..? How would he use that time to reinforce certain issues in a debate..?

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TyroneButterballs October 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Looks like he thinks he deserves special treatment, special rules. Another flaming asshole.

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Philip Branton October 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

We wonder if Wil Folks will review this video….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtDJ6Ay4QMw

Spawar Atlantic informational “warriors” know how to kick ….”graham’s crackas”

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CNSYD October 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Ding! Ding! Another dollar for the “exclusively” jar.

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R.F. Spart. October 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Lee Not So Bright is a joke. He should be raising money to pay back
his creditors rather than trying to raise money for a senate campaign. If you can’t handle your own finances, business or otherwise, you have no business being trusted with my tax dollars!

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Tetley October 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

“Wilma!!!”
“WILLLLMAAAAAA!!!!”

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SparkleCity October 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

From the “Holly Springs FD fiasco to a number of articles in the Spartanburg Herald Journal’s documenting Bright’s shady business dealings simply shows that Lee Bright is a man who can’t be trusted

Plain and simple

But hey, the crud votes the way FITS likes so there is a problem with Bright in FITS’ way of thinking???

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