The special prosecutor did not ask for them. But S.C. House Democrats will give David Pascoe an unsolicited look at their caucus’ financial records anyway, they said Friday.
The move comes a day after House Republicans, who control the S.C. House, revealed they have allowed investigators to review the GOP Caucus’ financial records dating back more than two decades.
In a letter to Republican state representatives, the executive committee of the GOP House caucus confirmed there is an ongoing investigation by a State Grand Jury into the activities of House members, including GOP caucus members.
The GOP letter did not mention any Democrats. And no Democrats were named in the once-secret pages of a SLED report on State House corruption.
However, Democrats — the minority party in both the House and Senate — plan to turn over their information unsolicited.
“House Democrats have absolutely nothing to hide and we are willing to voluntarily open up our books to the authorities to prove it,” said S.C. House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland.
The records will date back to 2013, when Rutherford was elected Democratic leader.
The investigation is being led by Solicitor David Pascoe.
Pascoe, a Democrat, originally was named special prosecutor to investigate allegations that then-House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, had used campaign money for personal expenses. However, after Harrell resigned and entered a guilt plea, the relationship between Republican S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Pascoe ruptured with Wilson trying to fire the Democrat.
In July, the S.C. Supreme Court said Wilson could not fire Pascoe, leaving the special prosecutor free to continue his investigation into allegations of State House corruption.
At least two GOP state representatives — Jim Merrill of Berkeley County and Rick Quinn of Lexington County, both former House majority leaders — were named in a once-secret SLED report as possible targets of that investigation.