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

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UPDATE (1/27/2020 @ 5PM): Read the FitsNews article: https://www.fitsnews.com/2020/01/27/sc-school-choice-battle-misappropriation-allegations-greeted-by-lawsuit-threat/

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. (www.HobbsCPA.com). 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 – www.firsttuesdaystrategies.com). 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!!!

IN RESPONSE TO THE SENATOR HUGH LEATHERMAN APPOINTEE CLAIMING THEY ARE AN ALL VOLUNTEER GROUP AND NOT ONE DIME IS BEING SPENT ON EVEN A HOT DOG.

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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 (www.mcalistercommunications.com). #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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$8 MILLION “lost” by (not so) Exceptional SC!!!

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Well, the final numbers are in for 2020. 

Exceptional SC raised “only” $4,045,107.80 (out of the available $12 MILLION) in 2020.

As such … $8 MILLION has been lost forever … AGAIN!!!  Exceptional SC “lost” $7.45 MILLION in 2019!!!

THE BANK STATEMENT:  We were able to get the bank statements this past week via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. 

These bank statements revealed (among other things) that $2.1 MILLION was from one donor.  Had it not been for the generosity of this one donor … it would have been even more disastrous.

Palmetto Kids FIRST Donor:  And no … this $2.1 million donor was not a huge victory for (not so) Exceptional SC.  This was a Palmetto Kids FIRST donor we first brought to the table in 2014. 

Exceptional SC is still living off all the work the “independent non-profits” did and not adding any new value to the situation.

Nothing has changed for the better … 

Independent Non-Profits … just like every other state … is the ONLY solution!!!

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Parental Tax Credit – GET READY!!!

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It is finally here … the 2020 parental tax credit “race”!!!

Next FRIDAY, JANUARY 15TH … at 8:30AM sharp!!!

GET READY … and don’t be late.  We expect the entire $2 MILLION to be claimed within minutes!!!

YES … MINUTES … so prepare yourself and type fast.

THE PROCESS: The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Parental Refundable Tax Credit on January 15, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. A new tutorial is available to help you with the new submission process. Learn more below. 

What you need to know:

  • You must submit your Parental Refundable Credit application online using the SCDOR’s free and secure tax portal, MyDORWAY. The SCDOR will not accept paper, faxed, or emailed applications.
  • A new tutorial is available to show you how to submit your application through MyDORWAY. Prepare now by watching the tutorial.
  • Details about the application and the application process are available at dor.sc.gov/exceptional-sc.

What you need to do:

  • Sign up for MyDORWAY now so you’ll be ready to submit your application on January 15, 2021.
  • If you’re new to MyDORWAY, sign up information and tutorials are available at dor.sc.gov/MyDORWAY.

Questions about the 2020 Parental Refundable Credit? Contact the SCDOR at TaxTech@dor.sc.gov.


VIDEO TUTORIAL – HOW TO APPLY:

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Exceptional SC Legal Status EXPIRED … AGAIN!!!

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Seriously … can this be happening again??? 

Granted, I am a tax attorney / CPA … so I think about these things all the time … and one of the VERY FIRST THINGS they teach us “tax people” is BEFORE YOUR CLIENT DONATES TO A NON-PROFIT … check their legal status.  If not all in order, and you let your client donate … it could be LEGAL MALPRACTICE!!!

First you check that the non-profit is actually an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit … and then you check the Secretary of State’s Office to verify the organization’s legal status is current.

(not so) Exceptional SCs Status?  EXPIRED … AGAIN!!!

Why, Why, Why???  Remember this from JANUARY 2020 … we mocked the incompetency back then … but no, the #FireTheBoard!!! at (not so) Exceptional SC let their legal status expire AGAIN!!! 

Board Malpractice!!!

Legal Status Expired in January 2020 & AGAIN in December 2020

This says it all … WE know how to FIX ALL OF THIS … but the (not so) Exceptional SC Board won’t do anything … won’t talk … won’t meet … just blame others.  STOP THE INSANITY!!!!

Jeff Davis, JD, MBA, CPA (GA)
Board Chairman
843-501-1842 (PKF Office)
843-901-8036 (cell)
info@palmettokidsFIRST.org

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