For immediate release: Wednesday, October 23, 2014
Contact: Randy Hollister (843) 314-4652
PAWLEYS ISLAND – In response to the embarrassing news that Democrat Vida Miller received a 2010 political donation of $1,000 from a company later found to be a Ponzi scheme, she released a statement yesterday confirming that she knew the source of the tainted donation.
In fact, Miller revealed that she herself was a victim of the Ponzi scheme, though the amount she lost seems somewhat vague (“tens of thousands of dollars.”) As an investor in the company, it is clear that Vida was fully aware of the true source of the contribution when she received it, yet she falsified her campaign disclosure report to obscure that information from the public. She reported the contribution as “ABC, Inc.” when no such South Carolina corporation exists rather than accurately reporting it as “Atlantic Bullion & Coin.” Truthfully reporting the source would have let voters judge the propriety of her association with that firm’s owner who was frequently associated with racist activities and is now serving a 19 year prison sentence.
Miller’s press statement also says she would have given the money back but “Who am I supposed to send it to – the people who handle his prison commissary account?” No, Vida, it should go to his victims.
Georgetown County GOP Chairman Randy Hollister offered his help to Miller. “The court-appointed receiver trying to collect all available assets from Atlantic Bullion & Coin to return to the Ponzi scheme victims is Beattie B. Ashmore, (864) 271-8200” Hollister said. “I’m happy to be able to help, but I’m really surprised Vida had trouble locating Mr. Ashmore’s contact information. This is the same person processing the claims of the Ponzi scheme victims. Vida says she is hopeful of recovering some of her lost money through her claim, which she had to file with Mr. Ashmore by the deadline one week ago today.
This is yet another example of Vida Miller playing fast and loose with the campaign reporting rules, including deliberate deception designed to mislead the public. Vida Miller has repeatedly been fined for breaking ethics rules and even reprimanded by the House of Representatives for her misconduct.
Vida says she thinks the law should be changed to “remove any state official accused of misconduct.” It’s time for Vida Miller to withdraw her candidacy in keeping with her proposed law.