In May 2011, The State of South Carolina State Ethics Commission issued a letter to the Spartanburg County Republican party requiring reimbursement to the county party’s operating account of county party funds that were misappropriated in 2008 and 2009 while Rick Beltram was Chairman.
CLICK HERE to see the letter. Ethics Comm Letter
… I call your attention to Section 8-13-1308(G) of the South Caroline Code of Laws, 1976, as amended which provides that “Notwithstanding any other reporting requirements in this chapter, a poitical party, legialstive caucus committee, and a party committee must file a certified campaign report upon the receipt of anything of value which totals in the aggregate five hundred dollars or more. For puroses of this section ‘anything of value’ includes contributions received which may be used for the payment of operating expenses of a political party, legislative caucus committee, or a party committee.”
On October 1, 2008, an expenditure was made to Mike Gardner for Senate in the amount of $2,000.00. The description indicates that it was a campaign contribution. In addition, on March 26, 2009, an expenditure was made to Steve Moss for SC State House 30 in the amount of $500.00. Therefore, it will be necessary for you to reimburse your party’s operating account $2,500.00 from your party’s campaign account.
At this time, the current Spartanburg GOP Chairman, Curtis Smith, has once again moved the party offices inside the business offices of Rick Beltram. Curtis’ decision and affiliation with Beltram is politics of the very shady past that Spartanburg Republican voters should be alarmed at.