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Former S.C. House Majority Leader Rick Quinn indicted on misconduct in office charges

Rep. Rick Quinn, (R) Lexington (scstatehouse.gov)

Former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn is the latest South Carolina legislator charged as part of an investigation into potential Statehouse corruption.

Prosecutor David Pascoe announced Tuesday the state grand jury indicted Quinn on two counts of misconduct in office. The 51-year-old Lexington Republican is accused of using campaign donations for personal profit.

House Speaker Jay Lucas suspended Quinn on Tuesday, as required by state law, following his indictment on two counts of misconduct in office.

Quinn is the son of veteran Republican strategist Richard Quinn. Both own marketing and consulting firms.

Allegations in the indictments include that Rick Quinn is essentially a legislator lobbyist who tries to influence votes benefiting clients.

According to the indictments, Rick Quinn paid the firms more than $270,000 from the House Republican Caucus' accounts while he was majority leader from 1999 to 2004. He's also accused of accepting nearly $4.6 million from lobbyists through the firms and acting as a lobbyist while in office.

Quinn says he's done nothing wrong and will fight the misconduct charges against him.

Quinn accuses Pascoe of targeting him and his family for political revenge and says he's eager to clear "my family's good name." Pascoe is a Democrat.

Quinn becomes the third South Carolina legislator since December suspended from office amid corruption allegations.

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