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All of South Carolina’s major newspapers and the Associated Press have filed a lawsuit against the state House Republican Caucus, seeking a judge’s order to force the legislative group to release records connected with an ongoing corruption investigation.
While the South Carolina House GOP itself is not under investigation, the news outlets are seeking records of payments made by the caucus to Richard Quinn & Associates or its affiliates. RQA was named in a money laundering indictment against State Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, and is rumored to be the subject of an ongoing investigation by First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe.
The lawsuit claims the House GOP is a public body under South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act since its members are all lawmakers and caucus staff are considered public employees eligible for state retirement benefits or the health plan. [Read more…]