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Another scandal involving obscure little governmental agencies, another pledge by S.C. legislators to clean up the symptom. This time it’s the story of corruption that reporters working on The Post and Courier’s Uncovered team discovered in a Greenville suburb, where a handful of write-in candidates managed to get themselves elected, with fewer than three dozen votes each, to the commission that oversees the $2.1 million a year Clear Spring Fire and Rescue department. They proceeded to lavish themselves with taxpayer-funded perks, make extravagant purchases for the department, get a commissioner's husband promoted way past his level of competence, get others fired when they asked questions and send firefighter morale plummeting.

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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.