South Carolina consulting firm’s ‘tentacles’ have created an ‘unprecedented’ political power structure

THE POST AND COURIER, 13 MAY 2017, FEAT. PROF. JOHN FREEMAN:

In South Carolina one political consulting firm represents more than 25 lawmakers, a couple of large state agencies and a quartet of the state’s biggest corporations.

The firm has amassed the kind of power that can steer legislation, push wish lists in the state budget, mold regulations or kill proposals even before they have a hearing. It’s the kind of power that has built the perception that hiring this firm is necessary to getting business done in the state.

Questions over the propriety of that kind of influence are facing Richard Quinn & Associates as the powerful Columbia-area consulting firm remains the focus of a Statehouse corruption investigation that is once again showing signs of life after a two-month public hiatus.

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