SC AG accepted campaign cash from lawyers he hired

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 3:59 PM
Last updated 4:06 PM
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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's attorney general received campaign donations from private lawyers he hired to pursue a case against drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co., a potential violation of state law.

Campaign records and contracts reviewed by The Associated Press show that two attorneys Henry McMaster hired in 2006 to help sue the company donated $7,000 to his campaign between June 2007 and March 2009.

McMaster spokesman Mark Plowden said the contributions were legal. But State Ethics Commission investigator Cathy Hazelwood says the law prohibits contractors from contributing to officials who hired them.

She says McMaster should consider returning the money.

McMaster sued Eli Lilly to recover state funds used to treat illnesses allegedly caused by an anti-psychotic drug.

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DEVGRU 09/24/09 - 07:13 pm
Uh oh. Here we go again. At

Uh oh. Here we go again. At least it's not Augusta this time.

HotFoot 09/24/09 - 09:28 pm
Another Repug from SC does

Another Repug from SC does his state proud!

Riverman1 09/24/09 - 09:38 pm
Election rules ethics

Election rules ethics violations are one of our biggest problems in SC and GA. Our media seems to overlook such matters. In the Chronicle, we have brief mentions of our elected officials receiving excessive contributions even when it results in court appearances before the administrative court. The public, law enforcement and the media should realize why some public officials continue in office is ONLY because of the campaign contributions. When an official runs for office unopposed and receives hundreds of thousands in donations, there is a wrong doing logic behind it all. Think about this, folks. It's important.

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