By Paul Gable
One more holiday shortened week remains for filing of candidates in the upcoming Myrtle Beach city elections.
Last week, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Grand Strand Business Alliance PAC sent out an expensive looking mailer supporting its ‘Dream Team’ – the four incumbents running for re-election.
The easiest way to win an election is to discourage challengers from filing and everybody understands now, if anyone doubted, that the Chamber, through the GSBA, will again be a strong player in the city election.
You would too if three of these incumbents steered approximately $70 million in public money into your budget.
And remember, this group still has hopes of making the one-cent Ad Tax responsible for this largesse permanent.
But, with the Ad Tax comes some baggage in the form of the Chambergate investigation by the FBI and IRS.
The disguised campaign contributions, for the 2009 elections, appear to make out a RICO pattern and, therein, lies the rub.
The RICO Act is 18 USC sec. 1864 et al.
Should an indictment or two come down during the election campaign, as we are hearing is possible, all bets are off for the Chamber, GSBA and the city incumbents.
We are also hearing of some possible candidate filings this week that could be very interesting if Chambergate explodes.