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WATCHDOG GROUP RANKS HALEY AMONG “WORST GOVERNORS IN AMERICA”

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is one of eighteen governors to make a new national list … and like most of the lists South Carolina winds up on, it’s not  a good one.

Haley ranked tenth on the list of corrupt governors compiled by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

“Some governors on the list essentially turned their authority and regulatory agendas over to special interests,” the group wrote in releasing its report. “Others abused their office in return for gifts and campaign contributions. Many appointed donors to key positions and gutted transparency measures. All failed to live up to the public trust.”

CREW blasts Haley in several categories – including her scandal-scarred tenure as a member of the S.C. General Assembly, her “pay-to-play appointments,” her acceptance of “free trips on the private planes of donors, appointees and people with business before the state,” her flouting of transparency standards and her “misuse of federal funds.”

The report – which devotes seven pages to Haley’s malfeasance in office – is as compelling an indictment of the governor’s myriad ethical lapses as we’ve seen in some time, bringing to light multiple scandals that South Carolina’s mainstream media have allowed to fall by the wayside in recent years.

For example, the report exposes Haley’s Wilbur Smith and Lexington Medical Center scandals – both of which were whitewashed by a corrupt S.C. House ethics panel comprised of her former GOP colleagues in the legislature. It also addresses Haley’s shady appointments – including members of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) board who sold South Carolina’s economic interests down the river during the “Savannah River Sellout” scandal.

Also addressed?  Haley’s dubious reporting of her political flights, her chronic lack of transparency and her misuse of federal funds related to the study of an Obamacare exchange.

To view the CREW report on America’s worst governors, click the link below.  The section on Haley begins on page 71 …

CREW REPORT: WORST GOVERNORS IN AMERICA (.pdf)

Pic: Travis Bell Photography