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Gov. McMaster demands that Santee Cooper cease using taxpayer funds for executive legal fees in letter

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Updated: Dec. 21, 2018 at 7:51 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Governor Henry McMaster and Attorney General Alan Wilson have both written letters regarding money being used for the criminal defense of Santee Cooper’s top executives.

“I believe that the payment arranged recently uncovered is both unconstitutional and unconscionable,” McMaster said in a letter to James Brogdon, the chief executive of the utility company. “I call on Santee Cooper to end immediately the use of taxpayer funds to pay for criminal defense expenses.”

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McMaster went on to address that ratepayers are already “bearing the burden and consequences of errors and failings by others in decisions in which they played no part.” He pointed out that those same ratepayers should not also be forced to finance the defense of individuals involved in the investigations.

This comes after an announcement that the average customer will be paying about $125.26 on their bills.

You can read both letters here:

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