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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The State Ethics Commission has opened a public inquiry after receiving a
complaint from a Democrat claiming the Republican Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign
misreported more than $1.3 million in contributions.
A hearing is scheduled for July 18, officials told The Associated Press on
Tuesday. The allegations are detailed in a complaint obtained by The AP and
confirmed by Herb Hayden, executive director of the Commission. They mark the
panel's second consecutive investigation into a sitting South Carolina
The complaint - initially filed in July by Bridget Tripp, an employee of the
state Democratic Party - accuses Haley of misreporting more than $1.3 million
in contributions by failing to maintain proper records of donors' occupations
and not disclosing contributors' addresses.
Candidates are not required to report their donors' occupations but must be
able to furnish a list if requested, Hayden said. Contributors' addresses are
needed in case their identities need to be verified.
The Commission has been investigating Tripp's complaint since last summer,
Hayden said, working with Haley campaign staff to sort out the missing donor
In a March 29 notice, the Commission notified Tripp that it would convene a
July hearing over seven allegations concerning the governor. One count
addresses the failure to keep records of donors' occupations. Six others deal
with individual contributors' addresses; in all, those six donors gave a total
of about $4,000 to Haley's campaign, according to online disclosures.
Hayden said Tuesday that campaign staffers have been able to nail down
addresses for all but two of the contributors, but hundreds of donors'
occupations are still missing.
Tripp asked the Commission to refer the case to Attorney General Alan
Wilson, noting that "Commissioners are appointed by the Governor, the
subject of this complaint. ... By referring the case to the Attorney General,
the Commission can avoid any appearance of bias or impropriety while investigating
the office responsible for their appointment."
Hayden said Tuesday he did not think the investigation into Haley's finances
would rise to the level of possible criminal prosecution, which would trigger a
referral to Wilson's office.
The July 18 hearing will be similar to a trial, at which a panel of three
commissioners will hear arguments from both sides and then determine if laws
were broken. If so, Haley could face possible fines up to $14,000 - $2,000 for
each charge. It will be a closed proceeding unless Haley opts to make it
The investigation is the latest in a string of ethics queries surrounding
the first-term Republican. Last month, a circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit
accusing Haley of breaking ethics laws while she was a legislator, saying such
issues should be handled by either state ethics officials or a legislative
Haley has said she would not waive confidentiality to any legislative ethics
A spokesman for Haley's office referred comment on the ethics commission investigation
to campaign attorney Butch Bowers, who couched the complaint as a political
stunt by state Democrats.
"These are routine matters that occur with virtually every
candidate," Bowers said. "And the only reason a complaint was filed
against Gov. Haley was because she won."
State Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian disagreed, saying South
Carolina residents will have no faith in the state's laws if their own governor
breaks them without consequence.
"Winning doesn't allow you to commit illegal acts to get there. If
being the winner does that, then we don't need an ethics (law)," he said.
"We have a GOP governor, just like Mark Sanford, who can't abide by the
law. When you have the chief executive of the state who can't abide by the law,
why should anybody else?"
Haley's predecessor, Republican Mark Sanford, paid $74,000 in ethics fines -
the largest in state history - after the commission reviewed his use of state
planes, campaign cash and first-class travel after his revelation that he had
an affair with a woman in Argentina.
The man who served as Haley's second-in-command also faced an ethics
investigation, a probe that ultimately resulted in his retreat from office. The
Ethics Commission announced it had begun an investigation into former Lt. Gov.
Ken Ard's campaign finances in February 2011, just three months after the
Republican was elected. A month later, the Commission levied 106 civil
violations against Ard, who agreed to pay $48,400 in fines and reimburse the
state more than $24,000. The state grand jury ultimately indicted Ard with
seven counts of campaign finance crimes, prompting his resignation and guilty
plea, which resulted in a probationary sentence, fines and community service.
South Carolina's governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately and
do not run on the same ticket. Glenn McConnell, former President Pro Tem of the
state Senate, was sworn in as lieutenant governor last month.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>