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Chester City Council's decision to let William King draw a salary and perks for two years while he held office illegally is the latest illustration, revealed in The Post and Courier's Uncovered investigation, that in South Carolina, you can’t throw many rocks without hitting another one of these outrageous examples of small-time government corruption that lurk just below the surface.

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In a small city struggling to pay its bills, a former Chester city councilman collected nearly $10,000 and took taxpayer-funded trips during the 21 months he was suspended from office for being a convicted felon. The case raises fresh questions about how South Carolina vets candidates for public office — a system that relies heavily on voters and political opponents to bring issues like these to light in lieu of background checks.

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and at least four lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny and fewer ethics loopholes for the state's many special purpose districts in the wake of a Post and Courier report that painted a portrait of free-spending agencies with little oversight.

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The Post and Courier's Uncovered investigation found the state's five public natural gas authorities are a portrait of excess. Boards and staff lavish themselves with luxury retreats, describing them as team-building events. They take place at beach resorts such as The Sanctuary on Kiawah and mountain resorts in Asheville, far from the prying eyes of ratepayers and reporters.

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Flying down zip lines. Tens of thousands of dollars in hotel bills at luxurious resorts. Thousands of dollars in Clemson football tickets. These are some of the perks South Carolina’s public servants lavished on themselves when nobody was watching.