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McMaster says he has not been called to testify in corruption probe; USC has given investigators documents

Rick Quinn, son of Quinn firm owner is indicted

For years, the “Quinndom” – the Columbia-based Richard Quinn & Associates political consulting firm, headed by Richard Quinn – has been an institution in S.C. politics. Recently, however, Quinn’s network of influence got an unexpected boost, when
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For years, the “Quinndom” – the Columbia-based Richard Quinn & Associates political consulting firm, headed by Richard Quinn – has been an institution in S.C. politics. Recently, however, Quinn’s network of influence got an unexpected boost, when

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and his chief of staff, Trey Walker, have not been subpoenaed to testify before the state grand jury investigating State House corruption, the governor’s office told The State Monday.

Meanwhile, the University of South Carolina has “provided documents” to investigators, a spokesman said. But, he added, no one on the state flagship university’s payroll has been called in for questioning by special prosecutor David Pascoe.

Asked for more details about those documents, USC had not responded as of Monday night.

McMaster, Walker and USC have not been publicly tied to Pascoe’s investigation, which has led to the indictments of three powerful GOP lawmakers so far.

But McMaster, Walker and USC have ties to Richard Quinn & Associates, the Columbia-based political consulting firm named in last week’s indictment of suspended state Sen. John Courson, R-Richland.

McMaster is a longtime client of RQA and Walker is a former RQA employee.

USC paid RQA $491,000 from April 2011 through May 2015, often in monthly payments of $9,500, for “assistance in research and issue analysis as well as creation of strategies, themes and messages to support strategic university priorities,” the school has said.

Both McMaster and Walker previously worked for USC, too.

The school once paid McMaster $191,000 a year to raise money for its new law school building, and it paid Walker, who worked for RQA from 2000-03, $135,000 a year as the school’s chief lobbyist.

Jamie Self: 803-771-8658, @jamiemself

Avery G. Wilks: 803-771-8362, @averygwilks

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