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CPA & SCDOR Report Shows Chad Connelly Misappropriated $99,935?



UPDATE (1/27/2020 @ 5PM): Read the FitsNews article:

Wow … just when you thought it could not get worse at (not so) Exceptional SC … SCDOR & the CPA release their annual January 15th, 2020 “report” on the program.

And the “Report” is a virtual treasure trove of malfeasance.  We will have more to come … but the BLOCKBUSTER is the apparent FINANCIAL ABUSES by leadership at (not so) Exceptional SC!!!

Click HERE or picture above for FULL report

Section 12-6-3790 (B)(4) of the ECENC law states “The public charity may expend up to two percent of the fund for administration and related costs.”

The legislative appointed Board Chairman Tom Persons (appointed by Senator Hugh Leatherman) has actually asked legislators for more administrative fees … yet that request has fallen on deaf ears with a resounding NO!!! But it appears they “took” the money anyhow … and took it out of the scholarship funds intended for the kids.

Attached to the 2018-2019 ECENC report were Compiled Financial Statements for the “ECENC Fund” (aka Exceptional SC), issued by The Hobbs Group, P.A. ( The report indicates that (not so) Exceptional SC spent in excess of the allowed 2% for administration and related costs – to be exact, by looking at the statement and after doing a simple math (see below), it appears that $99,935 was misappropriated. With raising $11,575,509 in donations allowed expenses should have NOT exceeded $231,510, yet per SC DOR, Exceptional SC charged $331,445!!!

Note that the CPA exhibit clearly indicates that $183,578 of “Contract Services” was charged as an expense against SCHOLARSHIPS. Basically the former SCGOP Chairman #FireChadConnelly is taking money from the 98% of scholarships to pay himself!!!  Yes, it appears Chad gets paid via “Contract Services” … as the $31,500 appears to be for Administrator Becky Fleming (from the political group First Tuesday Strategies – Are they above the law???

Board Chairman Tom Persons (aka #RemoveTomPersons) has famously claimed that they are an all volunteer group … and personally told us that NOT ONE DIME IS BEING SPENT ON EVEN A HOT DOG … but the CPA / DOR report clearly demonstrates that for the 12 month period … (not so) Exceptional SC spent … $331,445 in expenses.

$331,4445 is a lot of hot dogs Mr. Persons!!!


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Remember when we reported about #FireChadConnelly getting paid $45,200 for two months of work? Well, now it all makes sense … not only did #FireChadConnelly spend $331,445 to “run” Exceptional SC into the ground …  he with the apparent support of #RemoveTomPersons spent $99,935 more than the law allowed to cover his own salary, the administrator Becky Fleming and apparently one other “contractor” … the political operative Dave Wilson from McAlister Communications ( #FollowTheMoney!!!

So … the questions remain, how many jobs does #FireChadConnelly have and did the Exceptional SC Board approve the apparent misappropriation of $99,935 … or did Connelly take the funds without permission???

Exceptional SC Lawyer Response … SILENCE!!!  We reached out to the lawyer at (not so) Exceptional SC …. in case they wanted to respond or clarify anything … and complete SILENCE.  We offered more time to review the report … BUT WE THINK THEY ALREADY KNOW THEY ARE CAUGHT!!!  Our prediction is that this his is not going to be pretty or the likes of #FireChadConnelly or #RemoveTomPersons!!! 

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BRUTAL day at the Supreme Court – for the opposition!



SAFE Grants Case Update (09/18/2020): You never know which way it will go with our SC Courts, but after watching 1 1/2 hours of oral arguments before the SC Supreme Court today … this was BRUTAL!!!

You can watch the full video on our Facebook page here:

The “farce” which is Governor McMaster’s (#Duped by #PaidAdvocates) July 20th announcement of a $32 million allocation of CARES Act money (TO PALMETTO PROMISE TO “MANAGE” … lol) was IMMEDIATELY sued on CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES and a temporary injunction granted by the trial court.

Due to the urgency of the matter, our SC Supreme Court took it up directly … and the hearing was today. Again … it was BRUTAL (for our opposition)!!!!

One issue … the SC Constitutional prohibition of “public funds” being used for the “direct benefit of any religious or other private educations institution” went worse than we even expected. The Chief Justice made it clear that he did not agree with Governor McMaster’s attorney. WOW!!!

The other big issue was whether CARES Act money was even able to be used for private schools. The Governor’s attorney argued that the Governor had “discretion” … using that word probably 20 + times … to which one Justice responded:

I had my law clerks do a word search of the CARES Act, and the word “discretion” does not exist in the entire document.

See what we mean by … BRUTAL!!!

THAT WAS NOT ALL … apparently, not one, but THREE Federal Court Judges have RULED AGAINST the use of CARES Act dollars for privates schools. That was a hot topic at the SC Supreme Court and when the Justices dove into the specific sections … yes, the Justices were prepared … it seemed plainly obvious to spectators that the Governor does not have the authority under the CARES Act (regardless of the SC Constitution) to direct this funding to private schools. BRUTAL!!!

ONCE AGAIN … kids not getting help because of the PAID ADVOCATES pushing a GOVERNMENT RUN private school choice solution to benefit their monied special interest donors. #FollowTheMoney #RealSchoolChoice #SchoolChoice!!! #Corruption #SafeGrants not safe!!!

THE SOLUTION?: Easy!!! This would NEVER happen (per rulings in the US SUPREME COURT & 20+ years of proven history) with K-12 Tax Credit Scholarships run by INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS. The opposition does not like it, but it is the ONLY solution that works.

Another school choice debacle in SC … created by the “paid” advocates. Who would have guessed!?!?!

Hint … Governor McMaster …… STOP listening to the SPECIAL INTEREST!!!! Put our Palmetto Kids FIRST!!!

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More CHAOS at SCDOR … Delays AGAIN!!!



You guessed it … the SC Department of Revenue announced a “new” system for applying for the $2 MILLION of Parental Tax Credits this year … and then they DELAYED its roll-out by 3 + months!!!  

 What is this … the 5th year they have been doing this???  Still can’t figure it out???

Perhaps because they can’t copy any other state’s process … because NO OTHER STATE has this flawed refundable tax credit the like and size of the one in SC!!! Sure, a couple hundred dollars, apply for it on your tax return … but not this MESS that SC has. 

Why? Simple … IT DOES NOT WORK (plus a host of other reasons)!!!

OH … and shouldn’t SCDOR & Director Hartley Powell be trying to figure out ways to ACCELERATE PAYMENTS to parents … especially during COVID-19? Not our SCDOR.

But then again … our SCDOR recommended #1 the GOVERNMENT RUN the program … and #2 THIS GUY hired Chad Connelly … so what would you expect.

By Law, SCDOR “administers” the program.
Hartley Powell HIRED Chad Connelly!!!
SCDOR “recommended” this change … will they fix it???

Stay tuned for more info …

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Which Children To Leave Behind???



Still NOTHING From Exceptional SC!!! It has been three weeks since #FireChadConnelly was let go and #RemoveTomPersons resigned from Exceptional SC Board. 

We received the updated fundraising numbers from the SC Department of Revenue … and they are on track to raise “only” $1.6 MILLION in 2020.

So where is Exceptional SC???  

The Fall Semester is here … the promised funding is not … there is not even a plan in place on what to expect …. no communications whatsoever!!! Politics over children … AGAIN?

We offered a solution … to raise the full 2020 available $12 million by 12/31 …. and next year’s available $12 million in early January 2021.  That is $24 MILLION by 1/31/2021!!!

Yet we are hearing Exceptional SC Board Members are holding out … REMAINING SILENT for a PROMISED $7.5M “bonus”.

CARES ACT MONEY???  Rumor from legislators now is that the Governor is going to “give” Exceptional SC $7.5 MILLION from his CARES Act money.  Where did they come up with that number?  From the $7.5 MILLION that Chad Connelly LOST in 2019.  Where is the logic there???

Well … a $7.5 MILLION free “bonus” would be nice … but we have heard these “rumors” many, many , many times before …

>  30 days ago we heard it was going to be $15 MILLION.  What happened to that?
>  We also heard our kids with “special needs” were going to be included in the $32.5 MILLION S.A.F.E. Grants.  What happened there?  We were left out.
>  “If” this $7.5 MILLION was real … why not TELL PARENTS!?!?!?!  Put it in writing???  Announce it!!!

What do we teach our children … 

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