Representative Steve Parker did it again. If he can’t tell the truth about something as simple as who rented the building for his infamous May 14 barbecue, what else has he lied about?
Parker and his handler stated publicly that the Piedmont Republican Club (PRC) rented the Boiling Springs ninth-grade campus for his barbecue. District 2 policy forbids rental of school facilities except to ”recognized nonprofit community organizations.” A quick call to the Secretary of State’s office showed the PRC was not a nonprofit or anything else.
Rick Beltram, Parker’s spokesperson, inferred in a June 17 news release that the PRC is formed as a political action committee. A quick call to the Ethics Commission showed it wasn’t registered as a PAC, either. Based on Internet postings, the PRC apparently has not met since late 2009. In fact, only two active members are identified, Steve Parker (who paid for the meetings) and Rick Beltram. Clearly, this is not a recognized nonprofit community organization in any sense.
A copy of the contract between the PRC and District 2 was requested, and shockingly Steve Parker himself rented the building. Nowhere in the contract was there any reference to the PRC, nor was there any evidence that the required fees had been paid for the rental. Parker lied!
District 2 memos given to a local newspaper clearly state district policies of political neutrality and use of school facilities. So why then did Parker get such a sweet deal?
Steve Parker Painting, as shown by required Ethics Commission economic interest statements, gets big school painting contracts every year. The schools get favorable good ol’ boy votes from Parker. It’s crooked cronyism at its finest!
We don’t need two more years of good ol’ boy RINO politics. Taxpayers deserve better!
Click here for a copy of the contract.