Tony Bartelme, senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier, has earned national honors from the Nieman, Scripps, Loeb and National Press foundations and is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Twitter: @tbartelme Signal: 843-412-2283.
A Post and Courier-led Uncovered investigation into local government waste and misconduct has spurred agencies to reconsider their spending practices as South Carolina's governor and lawmakers call for heightened scrutiny.
Board members of the Clinton Newberry Natural Gas Authority will publicly disclose discounts and rebates for appliances they received, a move made after The Post and Courier’s “Uncovered” project showed they failed disclose these benefits as required under South Carolina ethics laws.
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.
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.
With fewer eyes watching for abuse, corruption is flourishing in the rural corners of South Carolina as newspapers fold or shrink coverage amid a financially crippling pandemic.
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.
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