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Looking Outside the Box     


How taxpayer money gets spent is the most important thing to know when it comes to government dollars and cents but it's not the only critical thing to know. Indeed, fiscal transparency in the public arena requires government to be open about all of its financial dealings, including many that are beyond the basics of a check register. Consider operations like the S.C. Education Lottery and national park tourism in the Palmetto State. These functions involve hundreds of millions of dollars changing hands, but for complicated reasons those transactions are not recorded in the State's accounting system.

That's why we have added this page to the Transparency Website to provide citizens with important information about their government's finances that is outside the bounds of the State's recordkeeping performed by the Comptroller General's Office. We also are including other useful material on this page, such as a link to the S.C. Ethics Commission's campaign contributions and lobbying reporting system. Have a suggestion for something we should add that's outside the box, or a question, comment, or concern? Please email us at

 See If the State Owes You Money

 State Restaurant Inspection Grades (New!)

 See Who's Paid - and Paying - to Lobby State Government

 Campaign Contributions to State and Local Candidates

 Campaign Contributions to Federal Candidates

 Track Spending Bills Supported by Your Member of Congress

 SC Education Lottery Proceeds

 10-Year History of Tuition Costs at SC Public Colleges

 National Park Tourism Economic Impact in SC (Statewide and Park-Level Figures)