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SC treasurer questions spending at naval museum

Mar 4, 2011 6:58:00 AM - thestate.com
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is questioning spending by the Patriots Point naval museum in Mount Pleasant.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Friday that Loftis wants to know why Patriots Point is paying $5,000 a month to a lobbyist when the agency says it is unable to repay a $9 million state loan.

Patriots Point failed to meet a Dec. 1 deadline to repay the loan from the state to make emergency repairs to the World War II destroyer Laffey. The museum also has been unable to pay to return the ship, and is paying more than $11,000 a month to store it.

Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette says the lobbyist is needed to deal with state and federal contracts.

Chairman John Hagerty says the agency will try to answer Loftis' questions in the next few weeks.

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