South Carolina GOP Caucus: Open-records law doesn't apply

South Carolina Republicans say the courts have no purview over their decision not to give reporters records involving a political consultant charged in a probe of possible Statehouse corruption.

Attorneys for the House Republican Caucus argued Wednesday it's up to lawmakers — not the courts — to decide the internal rules they abide by.

A media coalition including The Associated Press wants the caucus declared a public body subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act, and thus required to make records and meetings public. The coalition seeks Caucus records including payments to the firms of Richard Quinn and his son, both of whom face conspiracy charges.

Media attorney Jay Bender argued open-records law would need to be changed in order for political groups to keep their records secret.

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