HALEY & SANFORD: TWO PEAS IN AN ETHICALLY-CHALLENGED POD

Neither Haley nor Sanford can be trusted to act in the best interests of South Carolinians
Governor Nikki Haley Haley Received $15K from a Georgia fundraiser prior to port deal that gave Savannah an edge over Charleston. “Gov. Nikki Haley faces increasing questions over her role in a decision that helped Savannah gain a competitive advantage over the Port of Charleston, the state's main economic engine. New concerns arose over two recent events: Haley's refusal to attend a Senate hearing next week on the matter, and revelations that she raised $15,000 at a Georgia fundraiser 13 days before the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control approved dredging Savannah's harbor. That Nov. 10 approval came about six weeks after the agency denied the request over water-quality issues the dredging would cause.” [Post and Courier, 11/24/11] Fmr. Governor Mark Sanford Sanford paid the largest ethics fine in state history. In 2010, Sanford paid the largest ethics fine in state history following a State Ethics Commission investigation. Sanford pled “no contest” to 37 charges from the investigation, including:  18 Counts of “Use of Public Office for Personal Financial Gain” to Upgrade His Flights to Places Like Tokyo, London, Paris, Brazil and Argentina 9 Counts of “Use of Office for Personal Financial Gain” for Using State Planes to Get a Haircut and Attend Events Like a Contributor Birthday 10 Counts of “Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Expenses” for Reimbursing Himself and Others for Cable at the Governor’s Office and a Hunting Trip in Ireland

USING OFFICE FOR PERSONAL & POLITICAL GAIN

The House Ethics Committee has repeatedly looked into complaints against Gov. Nikki Haley for illegally lobbying for the Lexington Medical Center while she was a member of the SC House and exploiting her public office for personal gain and to benefit her employers. [The State, 3/14/12]

Sanford paid $74,000 in fines and $36,498 to cover the investigation and commission costs. He also agreed to reimburse state agencies and his campaign $29,736 for travel and personal expenses. [Associated Press, 4/01/10; State Ethics Commission Complaint C2010-020 Consent Order, 3/18/10] Sanford repaid thousands to the state for a taxpayer funded trip to see his mistress in Argentina. In 2009, Sanford repaid the state for portions of a 2008 tax-payer funded trade

MISUSING TAXPAYER DOLLARS

Governor Nikki Haley had to reimburse the state $9,500 for ethics violations regarding plane usage. “She returned $9,590 on Friday to the state Aeronautics Commission, which

operates the state’s two taxpayerfunded planes. The reimbursement covers flights taken across the state over seven days” to attend “news conferences and bill-signings.” “A rule first inserted into the 2011-12 budget, and kept in this year’s, specifies that bill-signings, press conferences and political functions don’t count as official business. The clause says the flights are ethics violations.” [Associated Press, 10/8/12] Governor Haley waited more than 2 weeks to inform 6.4 million consumers and businesses in South Carolina that their tax information had been hacked under her watch. A computer chief at the S.C. Department of Revenue did not heed warnings about cyber-security shortcomings at that state agency before hackers stole personal financial data belonging to 6.4 million consumers and business, a former agency employee told lawmakers Thursday. [The State, 1/4/13] “For example, the governor’s office waited more than two weeks after to inform the public that millions of Social Security numbers and other personal information had been stolen.” [Palmetto Public Record, 11/30/12]

mission to Latin America during which disappeared for three days to meet with his mistress in Argentina. Sanford repaid the state a total of $2,969.58 for the costs of meals, travel, lodging and transportation for himself and a Commerce Department staffer during the Argentina leg of the trip to Latin America. [WJBF, 7/01/09; Politico, 6/26/09]

DERELICTION OF DUTY

Sanford went missing for four days in 2009, leaving his staff, family and security detail unable to reach him while he visited his mistress in Argentina. Neither staff nor state officials had heard for him during the four days. [The State, 6/23/09] During his absence, “some South Carolina politicians accused him of abdicating responsibility in state affairs.” [Reuters, 6/24/09] Lt. Governor Andre Bauer said that it was part of Sanford’s responsibility as governor to be accessible “at all times in case of having to make very difficult decisions.” State Senator Jake Knotts demanded to “know immediately who is running the executive branch in the governor’s absence” and said that “in the unfortunate event of a state of emergency or homeland security situation, Governor Sanford should be available at all times to the chief of [the state police force].” [NPR, 6/23/09; Politico, 6/23/09]

VIOLATING PUBLIC TRUST

Haley deleted emails, failed to Sanford was censured by the House for provide emails and refused to disclose bringing “ridicule, dishonor, shame” to 10 years of tax returns to the public. himself and the state and by the GOP for breaching the public trust. “Haley's office has a policy of deleting internal emails, archiving only public In 2010, the state House of Representatives correspondence… [according to voted 102-11 to formally rebuke Sanford staffers] Haley almost never uses email “for dereliction of duties, official to conduct state business… But the misconduct and abuse of power when he governor's office appears to have traveled in June 2008 and June 2009 to see applied its own policy inconsistently. In his mistress in Argentina.” Sanford was the its response to the newspaper's public first governor to be censured by the House

records request, Haley's office included some internal emails written in the same time frame as the emails it failed to provide.” [Post and Courier, 12/16/11] “In a June interview with The State, Haley refused to release 10 years of tax records. ‘I think that's excessive, I really do’ Haley said at the time. Haley made her tax records public only after GOP primary opponent Gresham Barrett released three years of his tax records. Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson said Haley would be willing to release tax returns going back to 2004, when she was first elected to the State House, but did not do so Tuesday.” [The State, 7/21/10]

in state history. The censure resolution read that Sanford brought “ridicule, dishonor, shame and disgrace to himself and the state of South Carolina and to its citizens.” [Post and Courier, updated 3/13/12] In 2009, Sanford was censured by the South Carolina Republican Executive Committee for “conduct that demonstrated ‘repeated failures to act in accordance’ with the party’s core principles and beliefs.” The resolution also said Sanford “breached the public’s trust and confidence in his ability to effectively perform the duties of his office.” [CNN, 7/07/09]

POLITICS OVER ETHICS

Haley supported Sanford during his ethics scandal. Haley said she did not want Sanford to resign after news broke of his Scandal. Haley said that she wanted Sanford to stay in office for the remainder of his term. Haley worried Bauer would not continue Sanford’s efforts for government accountability and reform. Bauer “has more often stood on the side of what used to be rather than what should be,” Haley said. “It is the larger movement of where we’re trying to go, that’s what’s been damaged this week, and I’m very concerned.” [Associated Press, 6/30/09]

Sanford supported efforts to protect Newt Gingrich from special investigation. During the first session of the 104th Congress, Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich was brought before the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. Sanford voted in favor of two Republican efforts to shield Gingrich from a special investigation by an outside counsel. Both efforts passed. [H.Res. 277, Vote #815, 11/16/95; H.Res. 288, Vote #833, 11/30/95]

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