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Tom Persons is partner in political “Public Relations” firm … with registered LOBBYIST?

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We have exposed multiple conflicts of interest with the legislatively appointed board at (not so) Exceptional SC … but this one is a killer.

Check this out from the SC Secretary of State website:

(not so) Exceptional SC Board Chairman, Mr. Tom Persons, has long claimed this was all “volunteer” and about the kids … even going so far as to say not one dime was being spent on even a hot dog (which turns out to be a huge lie).

But did anyone know “what” Tom Persons does for a living? What funds that BIG OFFICE he has overlooking the SC State House? Why is he so involved with what goes on at the SC State House? Literally … he sits in his office all day watching the proceedings at the SC State House on ETV … but why???

Well … it turns out Tom Persons is BUSINESS PARTNERS with a REGISTERED LOBBYIST.

Granted, Chris Lindsay is a super nice guy … we like him a lot … but this explains why Tom Persons has turned so hard on on us … and is always protecting the government line on this program. Tom Persons, in our observations, has flat refused to advocate hard for our parents and kids. He actually claimed Chad Connelly is one of his be hires ever (or something to that effect).

It has perplexed us since July 2016 why Mr. Persons has refused to talk with us … and this seems to explain it … and it seems to explain why we see Mr. Lindsay at all the meetings and court hearings related to the program. We used to think these guys were there to help … get this program back on track like every other state … but perhaps they were only there to protect their own financial interest.

Well, apparently if Tom Persons speaks up against the powers at the SC State House … like we do … his “business” may be impacted.

As we always say … #FollowTheMoney

Anyone think this sound like a QUID PRO QUO?

Stay tuned …

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Only $165,579 raised in September

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Friends, it is not really getting any better is it? 

Our personal SC State Representative, Jason Elliott (R – Greenville) … not someone we like anymore as he has lied to us for years now and is working with his PAID ADVOCATE “masters” at Palmetto Promise Institute (Jim DeMint, Ellen Weaver & “Dr.” Oran Smith) … promised that his bill H 3899 that became law on May 17th, 2021 would fix everything. 

IT HAS NOT!!! 

On September 14th, 2021, (not so) Exceptional SC announced that there would be NO FALL SCHOLARSHIPS.  Why?  Because they don’t have the money because Rep. Jason Elliott’s H 3899 was a LIE and a COMPLETE FAILURE!!!

#FollowTheMoney!!!!

We dug the top picture up from the archives … what Jason told us a while back.  The schools are satisfied???  #Really???  He doesn’t respond anymore … curious why?  Sad …

And this from last summer / fall.  Remember Jason & Palmetto Promise Institute‘s other bright idea.  A lawsuit was filed the day after their idea was announced … and the trial court IMMEDIATELY SHUT IT DOWN!!!

And a few months  later in October the SC SUPREME COURT ruled their MONIED SPECIAL INTEREST plan UNCONSITUTIONAL!!!

But guess what … in September 2021 … they have figured it out now???  Back pushing the same MONIED SPECIAL INTEREST PLAN!!!  Anybody buying this???

Shame on YOU Rep. Jason Elliott!!!

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No Fall Scholarships – (not so) Exceptional SC “speaks”

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No surprise … but last week (not so) Exceptional SC confirmed NO FALL SCHOLARSHIPS!!!

Their ONE JOB is to issue scholarships … and THEY FAILED AGAIN!!!

We (and y’all) knew this because we have been tracking their bank balances … but they finally admitted it this week.  See their full email update below.

And yes, this is their FIRST email / parents update since May 27th … nearly 4 months.  Why are parents and school officials being kept in the dark??? 

#FireExceptionalSC!!!

Sorry folks, as predicted, nothing is changing!

INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS … just like in every other state in the nation … is the only thing that will fix this debacle.

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SLED UPDATE – Chad Connelly Embezzlement Matter

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Back in March, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office issued a FORMAL referral to SLED (State Law Enforcement Division) to investigate the Chad Connelly “Embezzlement Matter”.  

This is a known and disclosed fact … yet Chad Connelly has been running around South Carolina telling folks there is no SLED investigation.  Wow, this is sad. 

Well, last week we sent letters inquiring into the status of the investigation.  It has been four months, so maybe they had an update.

Well, we received a reply … and apparently the investigation is still ongoing. 

This is going to be BIG friends.  We don’t think this one can be swept under the rug.  We are told that South Carolina law enforcement knows they have to do something and they know people are watching.  South Carolina is known for it’s PUBLIC CORRUPTION

What has gone on with our school choice program is in our opinion PUBLIC CORRUPTION at its worst!!!

“SLED or any other agency”???OR ANY OTHER AGENCY???  Who else may be looking into Chad Connelly and this embezzlement matter???  Maybe just standard lawyer language … or was this a clue that other law enforcement agencies are looking into this matter.

This is a highly political matter.  Chad Connelly is friends with A LOT of political figures.  But even though some folks have tried to cover up for Chad … there are people trying to expose this matter for us, for you, and most importantly for your K-12 children.  

Stay tuned … and KEEP PUSHING!!!  Expose them all!!!

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