HOW THE MOST POWERFUL POLITICIAN IN THE PALMETTO STATE SPENDS HIS CAMPAIGN FUNDS
Senate president Hugh Leatherman – whose vice grip on the banana republic of South Carolina was completed last spring – is once again shelling out big bucks to a Missouri-based firm that sells cutesy figurines.
According to his latest S.C. State Ethics Commission (SCSEC) filings, Leatherman paid $9,112.50 to “Precious Moments” on July 17, 2014 – ostensibly for “constituent Xmas ornaments.” On November 14 of last year he paid another $9,487.50 to the same company for “constituent gifts” – and on December 7, 2013 he paid $8453.47 to the company, also for “constituent gifts.”
What is “Precious Moments?” Ummm … here you go.
Add it all up and it’s roughly $27,000 worth of payments to the company over the last fourteen months … on top of what we previously reported him spending.
“That’s a rather odd thing for a grown man to spend money on,” one source told FITS.
Indeed … very odd.
Leatherman’s campaign expenses are worthy of scrutiny in light of the recent indictment of former S.C. Senator Robert Ford on an array of ethics charges – including improper use of campaign funds. Ford maintained his innocence – claiming some of his questionable purchases were really gag gifts for constituents.
Dubious campaign spending isn’t the only scandal the 83-year-old has stared down in recent years. Two years ago we reported on several controversial transportation contracts his company was receiving – income he failed to disclose on his various statements of economic interest.
Will anyone call him out for any of this? Of course not … the diminutive Democrat-turned-“Republican” is simply far too powerful.
He’s pretty much the God of this state until he dies or becomes incapacitated …
@fitsnews Someone could ask people from his district: did you get such a "moment" from him? I mean they are for the 'constituents,' right?
— Matthew Boedy (@MatthewBoedy) February 9, 2015