UPDATE: Ethics Commission to Probe Haley Campaign Finances
The Associated Press reports a hearing is set for July 18
The State Ethics Commission has opened a public inquiry into Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign finances, according to a story reported by the Associated Press.
A hearing is set for July 18.
AP reports the complaint accuses Haley of failing to maintain proper records of donors' occupations and didn't disclose the addresses of six contributors.
Patch contacted Haley's spokesman at the Governor's Office, but was referred to the Haley for Governor campaign office. This afternoon, Marisa Joye Crawford from the Haley for Governor campaign released the following statement:
"Of the more than 7,000 donors to the campaign, we were unable to find the addresses for two of them, donations totaling $326.78. We've worked with the State Ethics Commission, and we have agreed to treat those contributions as ‘anonymous’ and transfer those contributions to the Children's Trust Fund."
Last month, a circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Haley of breaking ethics laws while she was a legislator. The judge said the issues should be handled by either state ethics officials or a legislative panel.
John Rainey's lawsuit alleged that Haley violated multiple ethics laws, including illegally lobbying for her former employer, Lexington Medical Center, while she was a state representative.