In response to multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed in conjunction with former Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) Chairman John Rainey‘s ongoing investigation, Lexington Medical Center has dumped a boatload of documents into the public arena regarding S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.
One of those documents – the job application allegedly filled out by Haley (or her “phantom“) – has already caused a major controversy for the governor.
Last week, reporter John O’Connor of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper published a front-page story about the job application – in which Haley (or her “phantom”) listed her 2007 income from Exotica International (the clothing store run by her parents) at $125,000 and requested that she be paid that amount by the hospital.
The only problem with Haley’s income declaration? According to federal tax returns – which then-candidate Haley belatedly released during the 2010 gubernatorial race – she only reported making $22,000 from Exotica in 2007.
Haley claims she didn’t fill out the $125,000 figure … although it’s pretty obvious at this point that nobody’s buying that excuse.
So … is another shoe about to drop this week?
For example, is there evidence that Haley was involved in more than just fund-raising during her stormy tenure at the hospital?
Check out this email exchange between her and the hospital’s CEO, Mike Biediger:
A couple questions: Why would a hospital foundation fund-raiser need to attend a meeting of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Lexington Medical Center’s behalf?
Also, what “vote” is Haley referencing?
And what is the “amendment” which failed to pass?
We’ve posed these questions to Haley’s office, DHEC and Lexington Medical Center – but we have yet to receive responses.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for S.C. DHEC tells FITS that there is nothing on the September 11, 2008 board meeting agenda that specifically references Lexington Medical Center – however the state health plan was discussed at the meeting. According to the spokesperson, board members participated in a conference call a week later (on September 18) that involved an issue related to Lexington Medical Center, but no information was immediately available regarding the substance of that call.
UPDATE II: FITS is submitting a FOIA to S.C. DHHS seeking additional information regarding the agency’s dealings with Lexington Medical Center and then-Rep. Haley.
UPDATE III: Check out this link … we may have a winner.
UPDATE IV: Lexington Medical Center spokesperson: Haley didn’t lobby DHEC on behalf of hospital.