So what does Gervais mean when he says that South Carolinians for Responsible Government's legislative candidates are funded “almost entirely” by the “out-of-state” voucher lobby? Is it just rhetoric? A little embellishment? Or is it fact?
I’ll let you decide.
A good place to start would be last year’s GOP primary in House District 7, in Abbeville & Anderson Counties. In that contest, now-Representative Mike Gambrell defeated a SCRG-backed candidate named Dan Harvell by about 200 votes.
Who is Dan Harvell? I have no idea, other than almost a legislator. But a quick look at Mr. Harvell’s campaign disclosure shows that something was amiss over in House District 7
Of that $29,025, how much was from out-of-state supporters of the Put Parents in Charge voucher bill?
$25,000. Out of $29,025. That’s 86%. Take a gander at the disclosures if you don’t believe it:
Four maximum contributions from the 73 Spring Street,
Howard Rich: $1,000
Ashborough Investors: $1,000
Spooner LLC: $1000
West 14 & 18 LLC: $1,000
Alex Cranberg $1000
, LLC: $1,000 Long Canyon
Azimuth Energy, LLC: $1,000
Aspect Energy, LLC: $1,000
And $1000 checks from the following voucher enthusiasts, among others:
Eric Brooks of
Donna Brooks of
Paul Farago of
Janine Yass of
Kermit Waters of
Joe Stilwell of
Arthur Dantchik of
Joseph Rich of
Take note of these names - chances are you'll see them again soon.
Where were SCRG’s alleged 200,000 grass roots supporters during this influx of out-of-state cash? MIA? AWOL? Some other military acronym?
I don’t know. But this is what Gervais means when he says a candidate is funded almost entirely from the out-of-state voucher lobby. 86%. I’d be worried if these folks provided even a third of a candidate’s funding, but 86% is just ridiculous.
Bogus grass-roots groups, duplicitous donations, and undue out-of-state influence. Folks, this ain't how our political system is supposed to operate.
But if you think 86% is bad, well - to quote Bob Dylan - "Now ain't the time for your tears." It gets worse.
Find out how much worse tomorrow, when Shark - er, Voucher - Week continues. (Go to Part Three)