Haley ethics complaint heads to House panel (Update: Dismissed, again)

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Update July 2: Dismissed

For the second time the ethic complain was voted out with the House Ethics Committee saying they could find no proof of wrongdoing by Haley.

Update June 11: Restricted documents

The Post and Courier recently requested copies of correspondence from the Haley administration with regard to the ethics complaint, but saw that request denied for purported reasons of attorney-client privilege — and the paper is calling bull; read the report here (pay wall). 

Update May 31, 2012: Probe reopened

After continued concerns were raised if the House Ethics Committee did not fully investigate, the body has voted 6-0 (five Republicans, one Democrat) to reopen the investigation.

The alleged Haley ethics violation revolves around Haley possibly being directly paid by Lexington Medical Center — who Haley helped push an expansion for while she served as a state lawmaker.

The State has a solid update; read it here. 

Update May 30, 2012: Haley's attorneys file libel lawsuit

The Sikh Temple, run by Nikki Haley’s father, has filed a libel lawsuit against a 'Palmetto Public Record' political blogger and two unnamed sources who recently posted that Haley was facing “imminent indictment for tax fraud."

The lawsuit was filed by Haley’s attorneys on behalf of the Sikh Religious Society of South Carolina. The Sikh Temple has been associated with "missing money" in the post.

We'll point you over to FITSNEWS.com for more on this developing case.

Update May 21, 2012: More info needed 

In wake of the continued political interest over the alleged Haley ethics violation, the House Ethics Committee is asking that Haley submit her tax records to prove that she was not being directly paid by Lexington Medical Center — who Haley helped push an expansion for while she served as a state lawmaker — and that Haley was, in fact, paid by the medical center's charitable arms.

I'll point you to The State's report; read it here.

Haley has until Friday to submit the documents — items whose splitting of the funding hairs will likely determine if this issue has the political critical mass to continue.

Update May 16, 2012: House Democrat James Smith of Columbia has asked the panel to reopen the investigation on Governor Haley. 

“Such serious allegations of ethics violations should not be treated lightly or hastily dismissed without a full and complete vetting of the facts,” The Sun News reports Smith wrote in his resolution. 

Read all about the latest out of Columbia over at The Sun News

Update May 2, 2012: The House Ethics Committee voted 5-1 this morning to dismiss all charges against the governor, following an investigation into charges that she violated ethics laws while a member of the South Carolina House.

Charleston's Live 5 News has the update.

First Report: An ethics complaint brought against Gov. Nikki Haley will remain closed after she refused to waive confidentiality — something that is prompting calls for the governor that ran on transparency to be more open.

The complaint is likely with regard to alleged misuse of Statehouse resource and non-disclosure of employment when Haley was still a state representative.

Read from the source.

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