For decades, the South Carolina legislature has been rife with ethics violations charges. Despite numerous statements and promises to reform the legislature, attempts have failed. The simple truth is that our elected officials must be held accountable to their constituents – not to political donors.
I propose that we require a detailed account of where all income and donations originate. In order for the public to hold our legislature in the highest regard, the legislature must hold themselves to the same standards they would expect of others. I believe that we should have a fully independent commission that can fully investigate and charge all ethics violations. In addition, I support strengthened fines and even prison time for political corruption. As we have recently seen, even the most egregious corruption results in little more than a slap on the wrist. If mandatory minimums are required for other nonviolent offenses, they should apply to white collar crimes and corruption as well.
Transparency and accountability is needed to restore our citizens’ faith in our elected officials.