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Below the Surface

Oct. 30, 2014, 6 a.m. by Robert Ariail

Former House Speaker Bobby Harrell has been forced to resign. But was Harrell the extent of State House corruption? Perhaps not.

Companies Receiving State Aid Free to Back Political Campaigns

Oct. 23, 2014, 6 a.m. by Andrew Perez

Companies that receive taxpayer-backed tax incentives are free to contribute to the campaign accounts of the politicians who secured the incentive deals in the first place. Andrew Perez reports.

DSS Mum on $6 Million Contract for Consulting Firm

Oct. 15, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A consulting firm hired by ex-state Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller when she earlier headed Hawaii’s social services agency received more than $10 million while in the Aloha State, and obtained a $6 million contract in South Carolina after Koller transferred here, records show.

House Ethics Chairman Did Not Disclose Contracts from Several State Agencies

Oct. 13, 2014, 6:12 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In March 2011, Pat Smith, director of the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, told The Nerve that a proposed $2.3 million budget increase for his school was “quite a surprise for us.”

Rep. White Contributes Thousands in Campaign Funds to Wife’s Employer, Charity

Oct. 8, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Since 2008, state Rep. Brian White, chairman of the S.C. House’s most powerful committee, has contributed at least $20,200 in campaign funds to a technical college foundation where his wife works as a fundraiser and a charitable organization where she is a board member, The Nerve found in a review of White’s campaign expense reports.

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Below the Surface

Oct. 30, 2014, 6 a.m. by Robert Ariail

Former House Speaker Bobby Harrell has been forced to resign. But was Harrell the extent of State House corruption? Perhaps not.

Companies Receiving State Aid Free to Back Political Campaigns

Oct. 23, 2014, 6 a.m. by Andrew Perez

Companies that receive taxpayer-backed tax incentives are free to contribute to the campaign accounts of the politicians who secured the incentive deals in the first place. Andrew Perez reports.

DSS Mum on $6 Million Contract for Consulting Firm

Oct. 15, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A consulting firm hired by ex-state Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller when she earlier headed Hawaii’s social services agency received more than $10 million while in the Aloha State, and obtained a $6 million contract in South Carolina after Koller transferred here, records show.

House Ethics Chairman Did Not Disclose Contracts from Several State Agencies

Oct. 13, 2014, 6:12 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In March 2011, Pat Smith, director of the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, told The Nerve that a proposed $2.3 million budget increase for his school was “quite a surprise for us.”

Rep. White Contributes Thousands in Campaign Funds to Wife’s Employer, Charity

Oct. 8, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Since 2008, state Rep. Brian White, chairman of the S.C. House’s most powerful committee, has contributed at least $20,200 in campaign funds to a technical college foundation where his wife works as a fundraiser and a charitable organization where she is a board member, The Nerve found in a review of White’s campaign expense reports.

LCI Chairman Spends $18K on Conferences; Details Lacking

Oct. 6, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Over the last three years, state Rep. Bill Sandifer spent nearly $18,000 in campaign funds on credit card payments for unspecified conference expenses, The Nerve found in a review of the Oconee County Republican’s campaign expenditure reports.

S.C.’s Legal War with a Mother of an Adult Disabled Child

Oct. 1, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Brenda Bryant says she doesn’t love her 40-year-old daughter any less because her child is intellectually disabled. If anything, she says she’s worked even harder to be more sensitive to her needs.

Harrell Has First Court Appearance in Criminal Case; Released on PR Bond

Sept. 29, 2014, noon by Rick Brundrett

Suspended S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell walked out of a Richland County courtroom this morning without having to put up any money for bail after being formally served with indictments charging him with using campaign funds for personal expenses and concealing unlawful campaign payments.

Court Hearing for Harrell Set for This Morning

Sept. 29, 2014, 7:57 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Suspended House Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to make his first court appearance this morning since his Sept. 10 indictment on charges that he used campaign funds for personal expenses and concealed unlawful campaign payments.

Legislative Benefits Report Kept Secret from Public

Sept. 24, 2014, 8:27 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The $12,000-per-lawmaker pay raise proposed earlier this year would have added millions of dollars in benefit costs to the legislative pension system, according to a fiscal impact report provided to the Legislature’s budget-writing committees though never made public.