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The University of South Carolina paid out nearly 600 checks for “contractual” legal work over a ten month period ranging from August 20, 2012 to June 28, 2013.

The total tab? Nearly $713,000.

Who got all that money? No one knows. According to the school’s “spending transparency” website, each recipient has had their “payee name redacted.”

How convenient …

“The University of South Carolina is committed to openness about the sources and uses of university funds,” its spending transparency website states.


Sort of like S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is (cough) committed to transparency.

Last month, this website wrote about USC trustees who are also powerful attorneys at the law firm of Nelson Mullins manipulating the school’s procurement process to benefit companies their law firm has represented. Was their firm among the recipients of these payments?

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again … every singly taxpayer expense should be entered into an online, searchable database. No exceptions – no redactions.