A Pledge to South Carolina:
1. Catherine Templeton pledges to not collect a paycheck as governor of the state of South Carolina, because voters deserve to know that their governor is serving them for the right reasons and isn’t in the pocket of special interests. With enough money being funneled through Columbia, Templeton won’t take home a cent.
2. Catherine Templeton pledges to never engage in lobbying for the rest of her life, and will push that every statewide elected official does the same in an effort to stop the corrupt revolving door between elected officials and lobbyists. On her first day in office, Templeton will sign an executive order that also bans all gubernatorial staff from becoming lobbyists while the governor they served is still in office.
Day-1 Ethics Reforms:
1. Term Limits — Like the governor, the South Carolina legislature should be subject to term limits that allow plenty of time for them to be productive in office, but not long enough that they get ensnared in the web of corruption.
Current law allows state lawmakers to run and hold office for as long as they choose to.
State Senators limited to 3 consecutive 4-year terms, for a total of no more than 12 years in the same office.
State Representatives limited to 6 consecutive 2-year terms, for a total of no more than 12 years in the same office.
Officials who choose to run for a new office within the legislative branch, may do so, as long as they do not exceed more than 14 total years of service within the South Carolina General Assembly.
2. Stop Self-Dealing — If we elect you to handle our money, you can’t have any of it for yourself or your family.
Current law allows elected officials to bid on state contracts like any member of the public or industry, but they are not like any member of the public or industry — (1) they have authority over the money and means of awarding, and (2) they have appointment power over who will make the decisions regarding the money.
Current law does not prohibit lawmakers from appointing members of their own family to boards and commissions that make important decisions regarding our resources.
Prohibit all elected officials from appointing family members to South Carolina Boards and Commissions.
3. No More Back Room Deals — Lawmakers are elected to be our eyes and ears in the statehouse, they have to work in the light of day.
Current law carves the SC House and Representatives and the SC Senate out of the Freedom of Information Act, allowing our own lawmakers to hide the business of the people from the public.
Lawmakers must obey the Freedom of Information Act so that we can keep tabs on our elected officials.
4. Crack Down on ‘Politics as Usual’ — Working for special interests and lobbyists, and engaging in self-dealing and nepotism is sadly the status quo in Columbia. It’s time to tell crooked politicians that their schemes will cost them big.
Tougher criminal penalties for elected officials who are convicted of deliberately violating state ethics laws. If you are corrupt, you go to jail.
The proposals above are just a few examples of how Catherine Templeton plans to clean up Columbia and save taxpayer money.
“We need a conservative outsider and an army of people who can’t be bought to send a loud message to the corrupt good ol’ boys who have worked the system and taken our money for themselves,” said Templeton. “Enough is enough. We’re coming for you.”