I say "no-brainer" because the winner, Carolinians for Reform, is most famous for being the temporary recipient of over $100,000 in public funds, directed from the Governor’s Office late last year … which anyone with a brain could’ve told the governor was a stupid idea. (
UPDATE: Frank Zanin, director of Carolinians for Reform, is also a director of Reform SC. (pdf)
But that’s not the reason Carolinians for Reform gets the first THRASH Award. After all, they returned the siphoned funds to the state, and there’s no reason to think the governor is going to make a pattern of secretly benefiting his buddies like this.
The real reason Carolinians for Reform wins the award is this, from The State newspaper in December:
The group, Carolinians for Reform, has raised $216,600 since August, according to the records…
The biggest contribution to Carolinians for Reform was $100,000 from
real estate executive Harlan R. Crow. Crow is also a founder of The Club for Growth, a D.C.-based advocacy group that has supported Texas . In total, $127,000 came from out-of-state sources, including $10,000 from Fluor Government Relations and Sanford resident Robert W. O'Neel III. New York City
The upshot of all this is that over half of “Carolinians” for Reform’s money actually comes from
It doesn’t seem like a “
Gervais says, for using the word “Carolinians” in its name while being bankrolled from Texas, Carolinians for Reform is the “lone star” of today’s awards show – and the first winner of a Thursday THRASH award.