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SCHotline FOIA Request to S.C. State Ethics Commission

November 24, 2009

D. Jeffrey Sewell
100 Sunset Boulevard
Suite 203
West Columbia, SC 29169
(8030 318-3000

November 24, 2009

South Carolina State Ethics Commission
Cathy Hazelwood
5000 Thurmond Mall, Suite 250
Columbia, South Carolina 29201


Dear Records Request Officer:

Pursuant to the state open records act, We are requesting access to and copies of the signed letters (Related to: from Hazelwood, Cathy
to “
date Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 10:18 AM
subject RE: Cathy, May I have a copy of the letter sent to the Lt. Gov and Gov candidates regarding expense detail please and thanks!
hide details Nov 16 (8 days ago)
Attached is the unsigned memo.

Reimbursement is not an acceptable description of an expenditure. I refer you to Section 8-13-1360(A)(8) which states in part, “…the reporting form (now in electronic format) must include….the amount, date and a brief description of each expenditure…” Merely stating “reimbursement” is not descriptive. More importantly, all expenditures paid on behalf of a candidate are to be drawn from the campaign account and issued on a check signed by the candidate or a duly authorized officer. (Quoting liberally from Section 8-13-1312.) I ask that you review your past filings and amend where appropriate. Although we cannot “return” an electronic filing, we will be auditing forms to determine if filers are complying with the appropriate level of disclosure for expenditures. If filers are not complying, then the Commission will take the appropriate action.

Cathy L. Hazelwood, General Counsel
State Ethics Commission
5000 Thurmond Mall, Suite 250
Columbia, SC 29201
803-253-7539 (fax) to the following 2010 candidates for Lt. Governor and Governor to include:

Gresham Barrett (R) – Congressman, Ex-State Rep., Businessman & Army Veteran
Andre Bauer (R) – Lt. Governor, Ex-State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Teacher
Larry Grooms (R) – State Sen. & Businessman
Nikki Haley (R) – State Rep. & Businesswoman
Henry McMaster (R) – Attorney General, Ex-State GOP Chair & Ex-US Attorney
Dwight Drake (D) – Attorney, Lobbist & Vietnam War Veteran
Amos Elliott (D) – Minister
Robert Ford (D) – State Sen., Ex-Charleston City Councilman, Real Estate Developer & Ex-Civil Rights Activist
Joel Lourie (D) – State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Businessman
Mullins McLeod (D) – Attorney & Democratic Activist
Jim Rex (D) – State Superintendent of Education
Vincent Sheheen (D) – State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Attorney
Inez Tenenbaum (D) – Ex-State Superintendent of Education, Attorney, Ex-Teacher & ’04 US Sen. Nominee

Andre Bauer (R)* – (Campaign Site)
Ken Ard (R) – Florence County Councilman
Bill Connor (R) – Attorney & Army Reserve Officer
Tim Scott (R) – State Rep., Ex-Charleston County Council Chair & Businessman

Note: Specifically, we are requesting detailed explanations for and related to credit card expenditures/payments whereby there exists no detail for the last completed filing period.

We also request a reduced and or waived fee as we believe it in the public interest pertaining to this matter and current events.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act.

Thank you for your assistance.


D. Jeffrey Sewell


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