NEW GOVERNOR DINGED OVER CONNECTIONS TO HIS EMBATTLED CONSULTANTS …
S.C. governor Henry McMaster’s connections to the embattled neo-Confederate empire of political consultant Richard Quinn are the focus of a new report in The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.
And if you read FITSNews, the information contained in the P&C report didn’t come as any real surprise …
A month ago, this website revealed that agents of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were doing a deep dive into “the Quinndom,” a political consulting empire which currently stands at the zenith of its influence in the Palmetto State.
The inquiry is part of an ongoing investigation into alleged public corruption being led by special prosecutor David Pascoe.
Here’s an excerpt from that report …
Because Quinn and his son – S.C. Rep. Rick Quinn – were among those individuals reportedly named in the still-secret pages of a 2013 S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) report, Pascoe and his investigators believe they have a nexus to dig into these former statewide officeholders.
And they are digging – aggressively – in the hopes of “establishing a pattern of behavior related to the Quinns and known associates.”
“Financial records related to the Quinns were taken by SLED from top political organizations in the state,” a source familiar with this phase of the investigation told us.
So … did they find anything?
It’s not immediately clear … but reporter Andy Shain did.
“Powerful South Carolina operatives aided Gov. Henry McMaster’s political rise by running a financial shell game in 2000 that masked division and debt in the state Republican Party while he was chairman,” Shain reported late Wednesday.
Shain obtained an internal S.C. Republican Party audit that is reportedly among the documents sought in connection with Pascoe’s ongoing probe.
According to the audit, “cash balances and financial records were manipulated and then exploited for the purpose of re-electing Chairman McMaster.”
Shain’s story comes as this website exclusively reported on the latest grand jury developments associated with the probe, which appears to be tightening its noose around “the Quinndom.” It also comes days after The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper ran a big story on the consulting empire, confirming our reporting from a year ago that the Quinns were “named in a state investigative report about possible corruption at the State House.”
Things are heating up, people …
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