Questionable Activities in the SC House Ethics Committee?

September 26, 2008 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics

It is our understanding that the state law reads that an individual will pay a $100 fine for each day the candidate is late submitting their contribution reports to the ethics commission.

ARTICLE 15. – PENALTIES
SECTION 8-13-1510.   Penalty for late filing of or failure to file report or statement required by this chapter.

Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, a person required to file a report or statement under this chapter who files a late statement or report or fails to file a required statement or report must be assessed a civil penalty as follows:

(1) a fine of one hundred dollars if the statement or report is not filed within five days after the established deadline provided by law in this chapter; or

(2) after notice has been given by certified or registered mail that a required statement or report has not been filed, a fine of ten dollars per day for the first ten days after notice has been given, and one hundred dollars for each additional calendar day in which the required statement is not filed.

The last deadline was on 7/10/08 and there is one candidate that did not file his reports until 9/11/08.  This candidate, Harold Mitchell, according to my source has only paid a $100 fine on 8/5/08.

This whole story gets a little more interesting.

Many campaigns have railed the School Choice supporters and their funding from NY, particularly Howard Rich and Associates.

Upon analyzing Mitchell’s contributions report, you find almost $30,000 dollars of campaign contributions from out of state sources.  Those names, primarily point back to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  1. Terry Mcauliffe – Chairman of Hillary’s Presidential Campaign.
  2. Smith Bagley – Campaign Bundler / Fundraiser.
  3. Micheal Kempner – HRC National Finance Co-Chairs
  4. Deborah Jackson – Large Campaign Donor
  5. James Cecchi – Large Campaign Donor

Look at the report and research for yourself.

In May, Hillary was still in the hunt for the Presidency and Mitchell was one of the few African American elected officials to support Hillary.

Almost all of these contribution came during the black out period between the pre-election filing and the primary election.  If I remember correctly, Howard Rich was heavily criticized for this same tactic.

This leaves me with the following questions.  I hope to get answers soon.

  1. Why did Mitchell wait so long to file his contribution reports (after the DNC) ?
  2. Why is it that he is only being fined $100?
  3. Why is in the media not railing the HRC donors like they did the Rich supporters?

Time Is Running Out

September 24, 2008 by  
Filed under Opinion

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dear Friends,

Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute certainty that disaster is about to strike.

The events of the past week are no exception.

The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish.  It is downright sinister.  It makes a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again bother pretending is still in effect.  It promises the American people a never-ending nightmare of ever-greater debt liabilities they will have to shoulder.  Two weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Rogers said the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made America more communist than China!  “This is welfare for the rich,” he said. “This is socialism for the rich. It’s bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters.”

That describes the current bailout package to a T.  And we’re being told it’s unavoidable.

The claim that the market caused all this is so staggeringly foolish that only politicians and the media could pretend to believe it.  But that has become the conventional wisdom, with the desired result that those responsible for the credit bubble and its predictable consequences – predictable, that is, to those who understand sound, Austrian economics – are being let off the hook.  The Federal Reserve System is actually positioning itself as the savior, rather than the culprit, in this mess!

•    The Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase up to $700 billion in mortgage-related assets at any one time.  That means $700 billion is only the very beginning of what will hit us.

•    Financial institutions are “designated as financial agents of the Government.”  This is the New Deal to end all New Deals.

•    Then there’s this: “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.”  Translation: the Secretary can buy up whatever junk debt he wants to, burden the American people with it, and be subject to no one in the process.

There goes your country.

Even some so-called free-market economists are calling all this “sadly necessary.”  Sad, yes.  Necessary?  Don’t make me laugh.

Our one-party system is complicit in yet another crime against the American people.  The two major party candidates for president themselves initially indicated their strong support for bailouts of this kind – another example of the big choice we’re supposedly presented with this November: yes or yes.  Now, with a backlash brewing, they’re not quite sure what their views are.  A sad display, really.

Although the present bailout package is almost certainly not the end of the political atrocities we’ll witness in connection with the crisis, time is short.  Congress may vote as soon as tomorrow.  With a Rasmussen poll finding support for the bailout at an anemic seven percent, some members of Congress are afraid to vote for it.  Call them!  Let them hear from you!  Tell them you will never vote for anyone who supports this atrocity.

The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom?  Do we care about responsibility and accountability?  Do we care that our government and media have been bought and paid for?  Do we care that average Americans are about to be looted in order to subsidize the fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government?  Do we care?

When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics and the media?

Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we are, and what kind of country we shall be.

In liberty,

Ron Paul

Sanford & Haley Press Conference

September 24, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Governor Sanford and Rep. Nikki Haley will be in Greer today to hold a press conference on the need to make South Carolina’s General Assembly’s proceedings transparent.  Last year, only 8% of the votes of the state’s house were recorded and an even smaller percentage in the state’s senate.

Press Conference will be held at:

12:45pm
Stevens Aviation
Greenville – Spartanburg International Airport
Greer, SC

Another Sellout Event by the Spartanburg GOP

September 23, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

The Steve Parker Campaign and the Spartanburg GOP packed out the Boiling Springs High School Cafeteria last night.

We all know that South Carolina Politics and Food means it is time for some good ole fashion BBQ.  Wise’s in Newberry trucked up I-26 and provided great food for the packed house.

For the first time in a long time (maybe ever), the entire Spartanburg GOP Delegation was in attendance at a GOP sanctioned event.  Each candidate was given a minute and a half to speak about their respective campaigns and what they hope to see happen in November.

And yes, the “Lipstick” theme carries on as we now have learned that “Baseball Moms” or “Baseball Grandmas” are pitbulls too.

Of the approximate 400 people to show up, the event managed to also get a few extra GOP volunteers (50 to be exact) to man phone banks and work booths at festivals over the next month in a half.

After last weeks 200 person rally for the Democratic Party, the GOP again showed that it knows how to get people to show up and participate.  The GOP Brand appears to be alive and well here in Spartanburg County.

Volunteer Recruitment and Free BBQ

September 21, 2008 by  
Filed under Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
SPARTANBURG – The Spartanburg County Republican Party will host a FREE family BBQ on Monday September 22, 2008 at Boiling Springs High School at 6PM.

After the BBQ and some brief speeches from local candidates, the GOP will have a volunteer recruitment and training session.  The activity at Spartanburg County GOP HQ in co-ordination with Victory 2008 has been ramped up and additional volunteers are needed. The food will be sponsored by Steve Parker.

Precinct officers have also been invited in order to co-ordinate activities within individual precincts.

Additional activities are also on the calendar:
1) Volunteers at HQ and also extensive phone banking (6 days/week)
2) 09/27  all day…Man GOP booth at Inman Harvest Day festival
3) 09/27 5-7PM  Littlejohn BBQ at Broome HS and volunteer meeting
4) 10/04 all day….Man GOP booth at Fall in the Park (Boiling Springs)
5) 10/04 5PM…. Volunteer Appreciation Cook-out at the home of Rick Beltram and the unveiling of the McPalin SC Pork Sandwich.

Other activities will be discussed in later Press Releases.
For more information , please call 864-542-1992

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