This is really good news, because now I have zero pending ethics complaints, which happens to be my target number.
Those of you who’ve been following Barbecue & Politics for about a minute know that I like to skewer Page and the rest of the employees of the “
In fact, other than being a complete sham, I really have no major gripes with SCRG.
Some might say I’m beating a dead horse, but to me it feels more like a piñata. Except instead of a stick I’m using a laptop. And instead of candy, it’s slimy politics and out-of-state cash that oozes out.
For Gervais, this stuff is fun. And people get all sensitive about it, which makes it even more fun. It has a high Squirm Factor.
But that’s just Gervais S. Bridges. When I’m not using the nom de plume, I like to talk about this stuff too.
I talk about the candidates who got 99% of their funds from out-of-state.
I talk about the phony letters SCRG sent to the newspaper, and the radio ads that mispronounced “
I like to talk about the oaths against public education, the many LLC’s Howard Rich uses to get around our state’s contribution limits, and the guy who was listed as a $1000 contributor to a voucher candidate even though he didn’t give a red cent.
I speak to the people leading the fight against this voucher scheme, and help them articulate the message about what exactly is going on in
I speak to groups of people around the state who just want to know about this stuff.
I’ve even fueled up the truck and driven across the state to have one-on-one chats with real-life SC lawmakers, trying to fix this problem.
Now here’s where I’ll give you a warning. Before you go gettin’ the notion that you’re going to talk to a lawmaker about a problem, you better keep reading.
I’ve discovered that some folks don’t particularly like it when you talk about SCRG being one of Howard Rich’s front groups. And nobody dislikes it more than someone who gets paid $88,000 a year to pretend that it’s not.
So when I got a call from the Ethics Commission a couple months ago letting me know SCRG president Randy Page had filed a complaint against me accusing me of being an unregistered lobbyist, I wasn’t altogether surprised. The truth is, I’ve grown to enjoy the exasperated “you and your blog” look that my wife gives when things like this come up.
Until somebody invents a machine that automatically turns
And if he thinks it’s a good use of Howard Rich's cash, I’m not going to argue with him.