Attorney John White and his Pay-to-Play Politics…
The title of this article may seem like a strange question to be asking, but you’ll get the point in a moment.
When the former South Carolina Attorney General (now Lt Governor) Henry McMaster was awarding very large state contracts to Attorney (now senate candidate) John White; White and his law partners, in turn, made substantial donations to Henry McMaster. The Wall Street Journal exposed this in a 2009 article where they noted:
Mr. White’s law firm contributed the same amount on the same day, and Mr. White later added a personal maximum donation. All told, the law firms, their lawyers and spouses have contributed more than $60,000 to Mr. McMaster since 2006.
You wouldn’t think something like this would even be legal and as much as some people have been clamoring for Ethics Reform, that will likely do little-to-nothing to stop such activity of profiting off the state while in office. And should Ethics Reform on this level even be required when, as the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) points out:
Consider due process. Both the U.S. and South Carolina constitutions make clear that the state and its lawyers must be guided by justice and the public interest, not monetary gain.
So it would seem a mechanism is in place to protect the people from such activity, right? So do we need more laws to protect the people from this sort of thing? Well… as the WSJ also eloquently states:
In 1991, South Carolina passed a law specifically prohibiting individuals with no-bid state contracts from donating to officials in a position to act on those contracts. Mr. McMaster claims the law doesn’t apply to lawyers, despite clear language (“any person”) to the contrary.
White claims he […]