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Lexington GOP: Jake Knotts Resolution

October 5, 2010

A Resolution of Censure

Whereas South Carolina State Senator Jake M. Knotts was found to have committed the following violations of laws regulating the handling and use of campaign funds as detailed in the Public Reprimand of September 1, 2010 entitled, “The Matter of the South Carolina Senate Ethics Committee’s Complaint Against Senator John M. Knotts, Jr:”

1. “Senator Knotts accepted and deposited into his campaign checking account campaign contributions from individuals and entities that were in excess of the statutory limit.”

2.  Senator Knotts knowingly falsified legally required documentation so that he “reported on his Campaign disclosure Reports certain campaign contributions in a manner that was inconsistent with the actual name of the contributor and the actual amount of the contribution.”

3. Senator Knotts knowingly falsified legally required documentation  so that he ” . . . failed to report on his Campaign Disclosure Reports numerous contributions from individuals and entities.”

4. ” . . . Senator Knotts made cash withdrawals from his campaign checking account and failed to report these withdrawals and the subsequent expenditure of these funds on his Campaign Disclosure Reports.

5. ” . . . Senator Knotts earned interest on his campaign’s certificate of deposit accounts and failed to report such interest as a contribution.”

6. ” . . . Senator Knotts held campaign funds in a certificate of deposit accounts with his spouse in the capacity of joint tenants with a right of survivorship.”

7. ” . . . Senator Knotts failed to report on his Campaign Disclosure Reports various campaign loans and campaign loan repayments.”

8. Senator Knotts failed to properly report many other expenses and contributions; and

Whereas, after a hearing on August 9, 2010 ” . . . the Committee deliberated and concluded that, based on competent and substantial evidence presented at the hearing, Senator Knotts committed each of the alleged violations . . . and issue[d] a public reprimand;” and

Whereas, citizens of the State of South Carolina not holding office in the South Carolina General Assembly would be and are routinely more severely punished for crimes of a similar nature, especially for knowingly committing multiple fraudulent acts when filling out legally required documentation; and

Whereas, being a state that was one of the original thirteen states that formed the republic known as the United States of America and which was formed in large part on the basis of the concept of “equality under the law” as documented in the Declaration of Independence in that “all men are created equal” and multiple other writings by the Founders;

Be it resolved by the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee that:

1. The public reprimand and the corrective actions set forth by the South Carolina Senate Committee for the many fraudulent and illegal actions of South Carolina State Senator Jake M. Knotts are grossly inadequate and that Senator Knotts should have been expelled from the South Carolina State Senate as a matter of course due to his multiple counts of malfeasance.

2. The South Carolina State Attorney General is called upon by the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee to further investigate the matter and, seeking Federal assistance, determine if Federal campaign laws were broken in a manner that resulted in the voters of South Carolina State Senate District 23 in any way being denied their rights to a representative government during the election of 2008 in which Senator Knotts was re-elected to his current term.

3. The South Carolina State Ethics Committee is called upon by the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee to investigate and audit each member of the General Assembly to determine if further gross and criminally fraudulent acts have been committed on a routine basis such as that behavior documented above committed by Senator Jake M. Knotts.

4. The houses of the South Carolina General Assembly are called upon by the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee to change the laws so that individual members of that body can no longer be protected from criminal prosecution as could be pursued by the courts of this state if a citizen of South Carolina, who does not hold office in that body, were to have committed similar fraudulent acts involving legally required documentation and large amounts of money.

5. South Carolina State Senator Jake M. Knotts is censured by the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee.

6. South Carolina State Senator Jake M. Knotts is called upon by the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee to immediately resign from his elected office.

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Dear Executive Committee,

As I agreed last night at the Exec. Comm. Meeting I am attaching for your review and consideration a proposed Resolution of Censure against Senator Jake Knotts as drafted by Lee Canady.   He intends to introduce this resolution at the January meeting for a first reading as required by the rules and then to be acted upon at the February meeting.  If you have any questions you can reach me at 996-1600.

Sincerely,

Rich Bolen, Chairman

Lexington County Republican Party

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