Loophole lets SC political caucuses spend secretly

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Republican and Democratic party caucuses in the Legislature have spent $3.4 million since 2008 with no requirement to tell the public how they are using the donated cash.

Some caucus leaders said Thursday they're open to providing more disclosure. But House Republican Caucus Chairman Kenny Bingham of Cayce said there is no reason to telegraph political strategy by disclosing spending from the caucus' operating account.

The State Ethics Commission says the political caucuses at the Statehouse don't have to report the same information that's required reporting for state political parties.

Spending by political groups is getting more attention since reports of the Republican National Committee using donated money at a California adult club.

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