Tuesday, August 14, 2012
High court will re-open case thought to be finished.
It's the case that won't end. The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal to the ethics case against Gov. Nikki Haley. The ethics charges against Haley were first filed by rival John Rainey last November. They were dismissed in March by a circuit court. The following month, the State Ethics Commission opened up a probe into Haley's finances and unanimously cleared her of any wrongdoing. But then Joan Brady, an Ethics Committee member, suggested the State Attorney Alan Wilson look into the case--even though Brady had just cleared the governor of any misdeeds. In May, the Ethics Committee re-opened its investigation. In June, there was a hearing, during which Haley ripped Rainey as a "racist, sexist bigot." The day after …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Panel will look into accusations that governor illegally lobbied while serving in legislature.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
On Wednesday evening, Haley responded via her Facebook page: "It's a shame that South Carolina's backwards political system is once again failing the people and that politics are trumping the law. I will do what I have done time and again throughout this process, before and after the claims were dismissed: be open and honest about my work as a legislator, and stay focused on the things that matter to South Carolina: getting our economy moving and reforming the backwards, good ole boy system of government that so clearly still thrives." ---------- The South Carolina House Ethics Committee has voted to reopen a probe into whether Gov. Nikki Haley illegally lobbied while serving in the state legislature. The unanimous vote reverses a …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Democrats ask Haley to follow former Gov. Sanford's lead
House Democrats want Gov. Nikki Haley to take a confidentiality cue from an unlikely source: disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford. A circuit court judge dismissed an ethics lawsuit filed by Republican activist John Rainey against Haley last week, but that case could still land in front of the House Ethics Committee. If it does, Democrats want Haley to waive her right to confidentiality. “The public deserves to know if their governor is under investigation,” said Minority Leader Harry Ott. “If a complaint is filed against the Governor and she has nothing to hide, this is a great opportunity for her to live up to her ‘transparency’ rhetoric.” If Haley does not waive her right to confidentiality, the Ethics Committee could not even disclose …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Fifth Circuit judge dismisses John Rainey's lawsuit
A South Carolina judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Gov. Nikki Haley Wednesday, removing the case from the court system but not clearing Haley of wrongdoing. Fifth Circuit Judge Casey Manning ruled that his court was not the proper venue to decide a case involving alleged ethics violations that occurred while Haley served in the House of Representatives. 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. Haley's lawyers attempted to have the lawsuit thrown out by the S.C. Supreme Court in January, but the justices upheld the circuit court's right to hear it. With the ruling dismissed from circuit …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Suit asks court to decide whether or not Haley used her office for personal gain while she was working in the South Carolina General Assembly.
A former chairman for the Board of Economic Advisors has filed suit against Gov. Nikki Haley, questioning whether or not she broke ethics laws while she was serving in the state's House of Representatives. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Richland County on behalf of prominent GOP fundraiser John Rainey, and focuses on the then-representative Haley's job as a fundraiser for the Lexington Medical Center, and whether or not she used her position as a lawmaker for personal benefit by working as a lobbyist. "While serving in the House, Haley exploited her public office for personal financial gain by trading on her influence and office to benefit corporations that were paying her money," the lawsuit reads, referencing immediately her role at …