Campaign and Lobbying Ethics
Public officials, candidates for public office, lobbyists, and lobbyists’ principals all have to comply with numerous restrictions and requirements of the South Carolina Ethics Act. For example, South Carolina public officials are required to disclose certain of their economic interests, recuse themselves from voting on certain matters, and disclose potential conflicts of interests. Candidates for public office also have limitations on the amount of money that may be contributed to their campaigns and how that money may be spent. Similarly, lobbyists and lobbyists’ principals that interact with certain public bodies are restricted in the ways they can interact with candidates and public officials.
The requirements of the Ethics Act are broad, can be complex and confusing, and sometimes can lead to an ethical investigation or formal complaint . Ben Mustian has experience in handling these types of ethical matters and is well-equipped to represent clients before either the State Ethics Commission or one of the South Carolina General Assembly Ethics Committees. He also has significant experience in providing legal advice and analysis regarding Ethics Act restrictions and assisting clients with campaign and lobbyist disclosures.