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Another Day, Another MSM Outlet Covering “The Probe”




By FITSNEWS  ||  So there’s another mainstream media outlet covering the joint federal-state investigation into corruption at the S.C. State House.

Days after reporter Andrew Shain of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper published his, um, “exclusive” on this investigation, reporter Jeremy Borden of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier has followed suit.

You can read Borden’s story HERE if you’d like, but it’s basically the same stuff this website has been writing for the last three-and-a-half weeks.

“Federal and state authorities are investigating allegations that South Carolina lawmakers sold their votes, funneled money from the state budget into their own pockets and misused money from a political action committee,” Borden reported. “Investigators from the State Law Enforcement Division and federal agencies have launched a broad probe into the actions of several members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, focused at least in part on some members of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee.”

Right … a.k.a. “what we said.”

FITS has owned “the probe,” breaking the story of its existence way back on September 15.  Since then we’ve published multiple follow-up reports (HEREHEREHEREHERE and most recently HERE).

(Takes bow).

Ready for our boilerplate?

Working alongside S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson and other state entities, federal investigators acting under the authority of U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles have been looking into allegations of corruption at the S.C. State House for the past nine months (at least).  This investigation – which is expected to result in indictments prior to the end of the year – centers on three main areas.  Those are, 1) misuse of campaign funds by members, 2) abusing public offices for personal gain and 3) vote-trading (or vote-selling) tied to the controversial February 2014 legislative election that saw Jean Toal win another term as chief justice of the state’s supreme court.

Other judicial elections (scandals also broken exclusively here on FITS) are said to be part of “the probe …”