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McMaster Aides Inflated Then-GOP Chair’s Coffers

The discovery came out of a corruption probe into the Quinn family.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 16, 2017, 9:50 a.m.

“Power­ful South Car­o­lina op­er­at­ives aided Gov. Henry Mc­Mas­ter’s (R) polit­ic­al rise by run­ning a fin­an­cial shell game in 2000 that masked di­vi­sion and debt in the state Re­pub­lic­an Party while he was chair­man. … At is­sue are se­cret­ive cash dona­tions to the party just be­fore Mc­Mas­ter faced a strong chal­lenger for his job as chair­man of the state’s dom­in­ant party. Those dona­tions helped Mc­Mas­ter avoid tough ques­tions about the party’s sag­ging fin­ances and win a fourth term as chair­man. Then, once he bested his op­pon­ent, his be­ne­fact­ors got their cash back — leav­ing the state GOP back roughly where it star­ted.”

“Most of the cash in ques­tion came from a fath­er and son polit­ic­al team deeply rooted in GOP polit­ics and now key fig­ures in the cor­rup­tion probe” that un­veiled the party fund­ing scheme. “Richard Quinn and his son,” state Rep. Rick Quinn (R), “are long­time cam­paign con­sult­ants for some of the state’s top polit­ic­al fig­ures, in­clud­ing Mc­Mas­ter.” (Char­le­ston Post & Cour­i­er)

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