Richland 2 Board Chair looking at more than $50,000 in ethics fees

Richland 2 Board Chair looking at more than $50,000 in ethics fees

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland School District 2 Board of Trustees Chair Amelia McKie is looking at over $50,000 in unpaid fines and the State Ethics Commission is asking her to pay up.

At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, a community members asked McKie to resign from her position.

This all comes down to ethics fines McKie is facing for not filing quarterly reports of her campaign finances starting back in 2015.

WIS spoke to McKie after that meeting, and she said the reports were inaccurate.

“I would respectfully ask that you resign from the board effective before the last school board, because you’ve basically kept others that were in compliance and able to take the oath of office from being able to be a board member,” a community member said at the meeting. ““I think that as a person you’re a very nice person, you’re very sweet. But unfortunately, you’ve put a lot of the community at risk…

Candidates running for office are required to file quarterly Campaign Disclosure Reports. According to county records, McKie failed to file several reports starting back in 2015.

Well, that is until today. Several disclosure report filings popped up on the ethics commission website today, but officials from the commission say that doesn’t cancel out the debt she’s already built up.

The total amount due has swollen to $51,750.

  • $24,425 for late-filing penalties
  • Civil penalty fine of $16,000
  • Administrative fee of $575
  • $10,750 for not paying at least $20,000 by the end of 2018.

WIS caught up with McKie today, she says this all comes down to discrepancies.

“There have been discrepancies with other board members, from other counties, there were a host of people with discrepancies there today who were also clearing up discrepancies with their filing,” McKie said. “It’s not that uncommon. I’m just happy to have been able to work with them.”

She also said she wasn’t surprised that this has all come to light.

“I got a phone call recently from a concerned parent who has promised to focus on a board member until the demographics of the Richland 2 School board looks like what they used to,” McKie said.

The latest reports sent over by the State Ethics Commission didn’t show any outstanding fines for other board members.

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