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Richland County “Penny Tax” Probe Picks Up Steam




Back in May, this website reported on a forthcoming audit of Richland County, S.C. by the state Department of Revenue (SCDOR).

The audit focused on the proceeds of the “penny tax,” which was passed in 2012 via a rigged election that has yet to be properly investigated.

“While there has been no investigation into the ‘robbery’ itself – which involved corrupt local officials deliberately causing illegal voting machine shortages in anti-tax regions of the county – there is now an investigation into the loot that was stolen,” we wrote at the time.

According to our sources, that probe is now heating up …

Earlier this month, a letter from SCDOR director Rick Reames was reportedly sent to county administrator Tony McDonald (a bureaucrat who draws a whopping $181,000 annual salary).  Sources at Richland County declined to provide us with a copy of this letter, but we’re told it was “not a very flattering” document.

In fact, our sources at the county tell us Reames’ letter contained a review of the initial findings of SCDOR’s investigation – and that county officials are scrambling to craft a response.

FITS has sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to both governments in an effort to obtain this letter.  We’ll be sure to let you know what we uncover.

In the meantime, we would reiterate our call for the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) to do its job and investigate the transparent voter suppression that took place in Richland County three years ago.  As we noted earlier this year,”in all our years of exposing corruption in the Palmetto State, we’ve never seen anything quite like what happened in the run-up to that vote.  Or in the miscarriage of justice which followed it.”

Don’t get us wrong: We’re glad the spoils of this theft are being scrutinized … but the real scandal remains the robbery itself.  Well, that and the utter failure of law enforcement at the state and federal level to do anything about it.