Jim Clyburn Linked To Notorious Housing Boondoggle

CONGRESSMAN APPROVED EXTENSION FOR “VILLAGE AT RIVER’S EDGE” || By FITSNEWS ||  A government-subsidized affordable housing boondoggle starring Columbia, S.C.’s scandal-scarred mayor Steve Benjamin  – and a since-indicted trustee of the Palmetto State’s worst-managed “higher educracy” – has now ensnared U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn. According to an expansive report prepared by…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  A government-subsidized affordable housing boondoggle starring Columbia, S.C.’s scandal-scarred mayor Steve Benjamin  – and a since-indicted trustee of the Palmetto State’s worst-managed “higher educracy” – has now ensnared U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn.

According to an expansive report prepared by Renee Dudley of Bloomberg, in late 2011 Clyburn got the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to grant a one-year extension to the notorious “Village at River’s Edge.”

This project – foreclosed upon in May 2013 – received at least $7.8 million in federal “stimulus” money and millions more in grants from HUD.  It also received tax dollars from the City of Columbia, S.C. thanks to Benjamin, who sold city council on the idea back in 2006.

In fact it was already going under at the time Clyburn’s advocacy granted it a reprieve …

“By the time Clyburn sought the one-year extension, the building contractor had threatened to stop work because of unpaid construction bills, a HUD employee had raised questions about mis-spending of the project’s federal money, and the U.S. Department of Justice had started an investigation,” Dudley reported. “The probe included secret wiretaps on the telephones of the developer, Jonathan Pinson, who was also a Clyburn campaign contributor.”

In fact four days after Clyburn sent a letter to HUD’s South Carolina field office leader Larry Knightner, Pinson was on the phone with a business partner discussing how the congressman’s advocacy would help put the kibosh on questions surrounding the deal.

And keep the gravy train rolling …

“F*ck HUD, and they don’t know,” Pinson said on a wiretap referenced in Dudley’s report.  “Don’t any of y’all mention it to ’em, but Clyburn already sent the letter to Larry Knightner.”

Last July, Pinson was found guilty on twenty-nine of forty-five charges filed against him by federal prosecutors.  Most of those charges stemmed from a bribery scandal involving S.C. State University (SCSU) – which is home to the biggest Clyburn boondoggle of them all.

That scandal also briefly ensnared Benjamin, who along with Pinson was the beneficiary of a night of debauchery in Orlando, Florida in December 2010 – paid for by the developer at the heart of the SCSU bribery scam.

How serious are these scandals?  Deathly.  Two months ago Eric Robinson – a businessman who was Pinson’s college roommate at SCSU – was found dead in a hotel room in Atlanta, Georgia.  Robinson had been charged by the government in connection with the SCSU scandal, but was acquitted on all charges.

To read the entire Bloomberg report on Clyburn’s connection to this boondoggle, click here …


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Bill Brasky May 13, 2015 at 1:51 pm

I’ll go ahead and start it off….”This article is just racist!!!”

SCBlues May 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

“I’ll go ahead and start it off….”This article is just racist!!!”

Don’t know about the article but you can rest assured that the comments will be . . .

shifty henry May 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Program Alert: The new reality show, “Southern Tomfoolery” starring none other than the infamous “Duke of Dupe”, Jim Clyburn, is now in negotiations with the Federal Gotcha’
Network. Details to be announced later.

Squishy123 May 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm

And rest assured you’ll stand behind Clyburn, Pinson and Benjamin.

Cluck Fyburn May 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Why do people think liberals have such a fascination for Clyburn? He has a job as a direct result of GOP gerrymandering. His seat may be a safe seat but so are most of the other House districts for Republicans. Clyburn’s corruption is far from surprising but don’t pretend Republicans did not have a hand in creating the climate that let his corrupt fat ass get comfortable enough to rip us off.

What we liberals would rather have is decent districting that makes Clyburn as well as other House members have a harder time winning elections so that the assholes we send to DC might actually have to worry about their job prospects if they decide to screw with us. It will definitely result in a better crop of Republicans AND Democrats in office. We would all benefit from that.

idcydm May 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm

As if gerrymandering is something new, check out Elbridge Gerry.

BTW have you ever seen a gerrymander map of Chicago?

SCBlues May 14, 2015 at 5:33 am

Have you seen one of Texas?????

Toyota Kawaski May 14, 2015 at 8:45 am

SCBLUEBALLS forget the political map…. get out an Atlas and use it to move the hell out of here…

Buz Martin May 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

The most corrupt Republicans in the former district ruled over by Clyburn are joined to him at the hip. It’s more than just them being done a favor, by the way the current district is set up. It’s a deep level of cooperation with them on many issues for many years, and the connection with them comes from their former political lives as Democrats.

In SC, just because you switch parties does not mean you give up your contacts and cronies in the other party. Far from it. You keep them, and can use them at will. See Leatherman for a perfect example of that, besides Clyburn.

This does not mean that all Dems are corrupt, any more than it means all Repubs are corrupt. It just means there’s some deep connections between the most corrupt of both parties. A couple of the most vile trolls on here work overtime to convince everyone that it’s not true. It’s their obsession. Which means they are in league with the criminals who keep our political system as sick as possible in this state.

Jerome "Chef" McElroy May 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Sit there like a good little liberal lapdog and lick those salty chocolate balls.

fc May 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Already on it!

shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 3:18 am

Two guys were walking down the street when they came across a dog sitting on the sidewalk studiously licking his balls.
“Would I ever like to that,” sighed one man enviously.
“Go right ahead,” encouraged his friend. “But if I were you, I’d pat him on the head first.”

shifty henry May 14, 2015 at 3:22 am

The same two guys were talking about their dogs. One says, ” Sure, I have a great dog. She’s half Labrador and half Pit Bull. It’s a good combination. Sure, she might bite off my leg, but she’ll bring it back to me.”

SCBlues May 14, 2015 at 5:45 am

LOL Thanks for proving my point . . .

Toyota Kawaski May 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

@ JayRoam Chief she licks her own blue ones.

Toyota Kawaski May 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

racist as in SCBlues’s…… Balls are Blue? Or SCBLUEBALLS Hurt

GrandTango May 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm

FITS got Nan-Pelosi eyes….apologies to Kim Carnes…

No matter how many scandals his Democrats are involved in….FITS s#! ts a brick at each revelation. ..LMAO…

Cush May 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Does your caretaker know you’re on the computer?

Zed May 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm

You are reading something entirely different than the rest of us. I’ve told you, repeatedly, that Clyburn is THE link between corrupt Democrats and corrupt Republicans like Tom Rice in South Carolina. I’ve never seen anything Will has written about him that contradicted that. But you and your twisted playmate have been so intent on defending Rice and other like him that you only see what I say negative about Clyburn and Republicans beholden to him as being an attack on Republicans. We all have filters, but you constantly wear blinders.

GrandTango May 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm

It’s the Republicans fault!!!!…LMAO…There are Dumb@$$#$…but there ain’t NOTHING like a Liberal Dumb@$$…LMAO…you take the cake, for stupidity….

Lexguy May 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Name something that Clyburn has been involved in that WASN’T a boondoggle or crooked. (crickets chirping!)

johnq May 13, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Kicking republican ass repeatedly in elections.

idcydm May 13, 2015 at 9:03 pm

I smell Donkey Dung.

SCBlues May 14, 2015 at 5:32 am

Stop eating it then.

idcydm May 14, 2015 at 7:21 am

Does that mean Clyburn eats Elephant Dung?

Buz Martin May 14, 2015 at 8:20 am

Clyburn is one of the most corrupt politicians from the State of South Carolina in our lifetime. And that’s saying a lot.

This is no partisan statement. Anyone who is honest, regardless of party, should agree – if they’ve followed all the excellent coverage of his corrupt, nepotistic, crony-stroking ways by David Wren and others.

Toyota Kawaski May 14, 2015 at 8:35 am

um Low IQ John…. Have u seen the district?

Cly-Assburn May 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

Yes. The majority of that district is black section 8 food stamp government assistant non working citizens.

truthmonger May 14, 2015 at 8:40 am

In a gerrymandered, special-interest district.

Arlen Cooper May 20, 2015 at 8:15 am

But not one white vote, we are high-information-voters, not racist who vote by skin color.

Squishy123 May 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm


Squishy123 May 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm

When asked for comment, Chief Silverback Enos stated, “Uh, uh, ahhhhh, uh.”.

Don't Like Enos May 13, 2015 at 5:54 pm

He quoted that great, old Southerner Strom Thurmond…”it is a southern gentleman’s prerogative to make money where and when he can…” Fortunately, Strom was smart enough to keep his dealings a little more private. Enos taint that bright. Just wait until they have a forensic audit at SC State.

staffer May 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

And remember Benjamin’s brother in law who was shot and killed in Charlotte? What happened?

nitrat May 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Per Bloomberg: why is it taking 10 months to sentence Pinson on May 20?
Maybe, he’s ‘cooperating’ more than Thomas Ravenel?
Who is this ‘Knightner’ at SC HUD?

Clyburn a Hate Filled Psycho May 13, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Clyburn should be serving time in federal prison. Enough people in the private sector uniting for a common cause can force him to be prosecuted.

Blah Blah Blah May 13, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Everyone knows, that the only reason he has not been arrested and prosecuted is simply because he is black. Its kind of like the Al Sharpton case with his millions in owed back taxes and tax fraud.

johnq May 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

I support anyone who pisses off republicans and gets them frothing at the mouth. Clyburn has my unfaltering support!

Garbage May 13, 2015 at 11:23 pm

You would bite off your arm to feed a greedy mouth?

Toyota Kawaski May 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

Low IQ John

Toyota Kawaski May 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

look at it this way Bill Cosby is home more these days and so now the Poverty Pimp will have more access to THE SWEATER COLLECTION!!!!!
Fits please break out the sweater picture

Mark M. May 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

And Stevie B is as clean as a whistle is all of this…

Mom May 14, 2015 at 10:10 am

Clyburn, Pinson, Benjamin, corruption. This is news?

That's Racist! May 14, 2015 at 10:12 am

Why are you singling out the African-Americans?

Aura Green May 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm


Lone Ranger May 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm

For Diamond Jim the chances are slim he’ll escape a federal indictment for the 50 mil
And when God gets through with the corrupt black racist–he be in far worse shape still !!!


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