This is big news and should interest anyone who has wondered why SC can’t get its political act together in Columbia. The time is ripe for 2018 to be the year of the challenger – if we can turn over a few seats and get the Quinndom out of the way, perhaps this state can begin to rise.

Reported by Post and Courier.com:

The State Grand Jury has handed down criminal conspiracy indictments against embattled political consultant Richard Quinn, his son, a suspended senator and two ex-lawmakers with ties to his firm in the ongoing Statehouse corruption probe.

In addition to the Quinns, the indictments target suspended Republican Sen. John Courson and former lawmakers Tracy Edge and Jim Harrison, both of whom worked for Quinn while in the Legislature. Harrison and Edge also face misconduct charges. Edge, accused of lying to the grand jury in March, was handed a perjury indictment as well.

The conspiracy charge is a felony that carries up to five years in prison or a maximum $5,000 fine. The other charges carry maximum penalties of between a year and 10 years behind bars.

No bond hearing dates has been set on the charges, according to a written statement from Pascoe. He declined to comment to comment on the charges and the allegations behind them.

Quinn, a political kingmaker in South Carolina for decades, has been a clear target of the probe for months but the 73-year-old consultant had largely remained on the sidelines as others around him were hauled in on charges by special prosecutor David Pascoe. Wednesday’s developments bring him front and center in the criminal case while looping in present and former lawmakers with a ties to a firm with tentacles throughout state government.

Richard Quinn & Associates had amassed the kind of power that can steer legislation, push wish lists in the state budget, mold regulations or kill proposals even before they have a hearing. It’s the kind of power that built the perception that hiring this firm was necessary to getting business done in the state.

His clients have included a deep roster of South Carolina politicians, including Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and the attorney general’s father, Congressman Joe Wilson. He’s also represented the state’s flagship university (University of South Carolina), largest insurer (BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina) and one of its biggest utilities (SCANA).

You can see by that list of politicians and project they had their hands in, our state will be a lot better off without them. Click the link above to read more.