Alan Wilson Should Resign Breaches Public Trust - Thad Westbrook Manager
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Attorney General Alan Wilson Should Resign, says GOP Establishment Site:
South Carolina’s top “Republican” establishment website is calling for the resignation of the Attorney General …
Except they’re not talking about infinitely corrupt U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (who should have resigned a long time ago)– they’re referring to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican.
Heck, they’re actually asking Holder to lead an investigation into Wilson’s office …
The authors of GOPWrite.com – a website which exists to provide political cover to big-spending, anti-free market “Republicans”– are in full scale attack mode against Wilson due to his ongoing prosecution of S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell (RINO-Charleston).
Next to S.C. Senate finance committee chairman Hugh Leatherman, Harrell is the biggest of the Palmetto State’s big government “Republicans.”
Facing a grand jury investigation over corruption charges, Harrell’s attorneys recently demanded a secret meeting with a circuit court judge to press for Wilson’s removal from the case.
Now that legal effort is receiving some public relations support from GOPWrite.com – a website which has had Harrell’s fingerprints all over it from the very beginning.
“News surfaced just this month that Wilson took money from a registered lobbyist in 2009 and 2010, two more blatant violations of state ethics laws,” GOPWrite.com notes.“After further review from journalists it also appears that Wilson took an illegal $3,500 contribution from a Columbia law firm. These serious ethical lapses embarrass the Republican brand in South Carolina and should be investigated by the Department of Justice.”
The website calls on Wilson to “immediately resign for breaching the public trust.”
“Law breakers in South Carolina shouldn’t be policed by one of their very own,” the site concludes.
Read more at http://www.fitsnews.com/2014/03/13/gop-establ...
It appears that House Speaker Bobby Harrell's attorneys are catching on to what we already know about Attorney General Alan Wilson; he can't be trusted. Wilson, the most ethically challenged man to currently hold office in South Carolina, should never be tasked with probing ethics cases.
Wilson’s troubles first began when he was busted in 2013 for failing to report $7,000 in contributions from House Speaker Bobby Harrell. Wilson's failure to disclose those contributions led to an investigation which turned up another $133,000 in campaign contributions and payments that Wilson falsified leading to over 65 violations of state ethics laws. Or as FOX News put it, "crossing legal lines."
It doesn't end there. News surfaced just this month that Wilson took money from a registered lobbyist in 2009 and 2010, two more blatant violations of state ethics laws. After further review from journalists it also appears that Wilson took an illegal $3,500 contribution from a Columbia law firm. These serious ethical lapses embarrass the Republican brand in South Carolina and should be investigated by the Department of Justice.
Along with a DOJ investigation into the corruption surrounding the state's top prosecutor we call on Wilson to immediately resign for breaching the public trust. Law breakers in South Carolina shouldn't be policed by one of their very own.
March 18, 2014
"Attorney General Wilson correcting campaign filings back to 2010 after questions"
COLUMBIA — The campaign for South Carolina’s top prosecutor is working to correct four years’ worth of quarterly filings after questions from The Associated Press.
Since Sunday, Attorney General Alan Wilson’s campaign has filed new reports for every quarterly disclosure since January 2010. The amendments come days after the AP asked the campaign about contributions that appeared to exceed the limit of $3,500 per election cycle or appeared to be unreported.
State Ethics Commission attorney Cathy Hazelwood said Friday the agency was reviewing Wilson’s filings for potential over-the-limit donations. The agency had sent no notice yet to the campaign. State law sets no deadline for self-corrections and no limit on amendments, Hazelwood said.
As attorney general, Wilson’s job includes prosecuting criminal violations of ethics law.
Earlier this month, his campaign returned $200 to a lobbyist who donated to his successful 2010 bid, after notification from the Ethics Commission. State law bars legislators and statewide officers from accepting money from lobbyists. Her donations were first reported by the Charleston Free Times. Quinn said the campaign didn’t realize the donor was a lobbyist.
Quinn told the AP then that the campaign also was correcting filings related to a legal firm’s donations, so it didn’t appear it gave the maximum contribution twice in the same cycle. One of the $3,500 donations from Hall & Bowers should have been applied to Wilson’s 2010 debt, he said.
That brought questions about other donations.
Quinn said the campaign has already refunded two companies whose contributions last fall put them over the limit for the upcoming election. Those refunds to Lorilland and Cash America – in January and February respectively – should be reflected in the first-quarter filing, due next month.
Four donations appeared over the limit because the online filing gave the day they were deposited in the bank, which seemed to put them at the beginning of a cycle, rather than when the checks were written a week or two earlier. Other technical errors were explained as a misspelling and an online glitch. The campaign refunded one of JM Family Enterprises’$3,500 donations from this cycle in January 2013.
“We are doing our best to make all of the attorney general’s disclosures over the past four years absolutely error-free,” Quinn said.
Last March, Wilson’s campaign corrected his filings after a review by an independent accountant found $134,000 in previously unreported donations and expenses surrounding his 2010 win. His campaign chairman attributed the 68 donations and 16 payments to human error.
As of Friday, nine of those donations, all received online, still hadn’t been reported. The campaign last year amended filings to show the credit card processing fees paid for those nine, but not the donations themselves. Those were among the campaign’s fixes Monday.
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