PROSECUTORS PROBE FORMER SPEAKER’S SPIN MACHINE
The nickel tour? Reformers are livid at what they perceive to be a lack of progress in the investigation. Meanwhile sources close to the “probe” tell FITS investigators have been increasingly focused on a group of consultants who worked for the Palmetto Leadership Council – a political action committee (PAC) affiliated with former S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell.
Harrell resigned his office as part of a plea deal with prosecutors last fall – but not before political operatives loyal to him erected several websites with the intention of waging non-stop political warfare against the Speaker’s opponents.
Chief among those opponents? S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson – who initiated the prosecution against Harrell.
Why would investigators be targeting these operatives now? There are two theories … one is that these blogs ruthlessly savaged Wilson (and his wife, hospital executive and former television news reporter Jennifer Miskewicz Wilson), and that Wilson is now exacting his revenge against those involved in the attempted character assassination. The other theory? That these operatives are intimately aware of illegal activity perpetrated by members of the S.C. General Assembly – and are being targeted by state and federal investigators in an effort to elicit their cooperation moving forward.
Either way … the operatives involved are feeling the squeeze.
GOPWrite.com announced it was shutting down in the aftermath of the November 2014 election, while Holy City Politics hasn’t posted any new original content in more than two months. During the height of the Harrell scandal, both websites were churning out content on a daily basis.
A third website, Between The Chambers, has scrubbed all of its online content.