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 investigate and charge all ethics violations.
Transparency is needed to restore our citizens’ faith in our elected officials.