When S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley campaigned in 2010, she claimed to be leading a “movement” that would take back government “for the people.”

Of course we now know she was really taking back government for the people who contributed to her political campaign.

Since taking office Haley has been a veritable Indian Tsunami of pay-to-play politics – stacking numerous state boards, committees and bureaucratic posts with her campaign contributors. Some of these appointments – including S.C. Retirement System Investment Commission (SCRSIC) board member Ed Giobbe – have been doing real damage to the state, too.

Anyway, Haley is back at it again – tapping West Columbia, S.C. attorney Brent L. McGee to the powerful S.C. Public Service Commission (which regulates the rates and services of public utilities in the Palmetto State).

Why McGee?

Hmmmmm … we’re sure it had nothing to do with the fact McGee’s father – Ted McGee – hosted a mega-fundraiser for Haley back in September, an event which reportedly netted her upwards of $150,000.

Money in, appointments out … that seems to be Nikki Haley’s modus operandi.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina,” people. At least for those stroking big checks to the governor.

The rest of us?

Eh … 

Pic: Travis Bell Photography