|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. Rep. Chip Huggins pays his wife to do his campaign accounting … out of his campaign account, no less. How much? It’s not immediately clear as some of the payments involve reimbursements for various campaign expenses.
In 2014, FITS tracked at least five separate payments from Huggins’ campaign to his wife, Ginger Huggins, totaling $9,000.
Most of those expenses contain the notation “see receipts.” According to Ginger Huggins – who worked in the administration of former S.C. governor Carroll Campbell – she and her husband followed the specific instructions of ethics regulators in reporting the payments.
“We disclosed everything,” she told FITS. “We’re not trying to hide anything. We’re good people. We’re not going to do the wrong thing.”
Ginger Huggins added she is providing accounting services to her husband’s campaign at below the market rate.
“I should be paid more than I am,” she said.
Both Chip and Ginger Huggins described themselves as typical middle class taxpayers.
“We’ve got loans, we’re putting two kids through school,” Chip Huggins said.
Last October another state lawmaker – powerful S.C. ways and means chairman Brian White – was criticized for routing $20,000 worth of campaign money to a foundation and a charity associated with his wife, Courtney White. Legislative misuse of campaign funds is also the focus of a new investigative report by the Center for Public Integrity in conjunction with The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.