With $500 hotel rooms, a Charleston political conference gets even more educational

Image by Flickr user Michael Whay The chandler in the "grand ballroom" of the Charleston Place Hotel.

A dozen* South Carolina lawmakers left the state of South Carolina with a bill of more than $10,000 for the stay and attendance of the 2011 National Speakers Conference at theĀ Charleston Place hotel, where hotel rooms can often cost $500 a night.

It's a situation that's casting light on South Carolina's rules on gifts and how political gatherings are often underwritten by tax payer dollars.

*That's nine Republicans and three Democrats, a pretty even representation by South Carolina standards.

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