A recent indictment of state Sen. John Courson, R-Columbia, alleging he used campaign money for personal expenses is causing major growing pains among Republican officials.
At the center of the investigation is the political consulting firm, Richard Quinn & Associates, which the indictment alleges made payments to Courson of more than $130,000 after he paid the firm nearly $250,000 from 2006 to 2012.
Investigators are also looking into the South Carolina Ports Authority’s connections to the firm, according to local media reports.
But revelations from the investigation may not lead to the Democratic takeover hoped for by liberal activists. It’s more likely to refine the GOP than to destroy it.
A small, but strong group of activists in recent years has banded together to push South Carolina politics to the right. They want smaller, more open government.
This latest chapter in a story of exposing officials who flout the rules—or who appear to flout the rules—could force a fearful, moderate group in the GOP to the right.