South Carolina Democrats are publicly challenging Gov. Nikki Haley’s financial contributions statement for this quarter. The State Ethics Commission says the governor’s filings are intact, except for what appears to a double contribution of $3,500 from the same ”Ryan Company” at the same address in Texas. SC Ethics Commission disclosure site.
According to an ethics commission lawyer, the donation question will appear on a flag report that will be run by the end of the month. At that point a letter is sent to all the filers who find themselves with a flag that requires additional information. Hazelwood said the explanation could be anything from a typo to the need to refund an excess donation.
Democrats are trying to gain traction by revisiting the fact that Haley paid the commission $3,500 in fines for incomplete 2010 campaign disclosures. Read story.
South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison leveled criticism at Haley Thursday for listing some of the donor occupations as “requested.”
State law requires candidates to know and keep the occupations of all donors on file. However, commission attorney Cathy Hazelwood said occupations of contributors are not required on the quarterly listing and Haley’s campaign noted it had requested further information from some of its listed donors.
State law also requires statewide candidates to refund contributions to individual donors that exceed $3,500.
“These numbers are small numbers in comparison, but it’s not about the numbers in and of themselves, it’s about the actions that are taking place, ” Harrison said. “It seems like there is a trend that is developing with this governor. And she’s an accountant.”
South Carolina Radio Network asked the Haley campaign about the filing question.
Campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey responded, “As the ethics commission said today, there are no ethics violations here. Today’s, press conference was nonsense, and nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to distract from the new revelations that Vince Sheheen makes money by getting reduced sentences for violent criminals, including those who victimize law enforcement, woman and children, and violent drug dealers.”
The Haley campaign raised $863,416.40 the first quarter of 2014. Democrat Vincent Sheheen raised $564,248.30 and independent candidate Tom Ervin loaned himself $420,181.34 to begin his campaign.