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Nikki Haley Also Took Controversial Reimbursements

GOVERNOR BLASTING POLITICIANS FOR TAKING THE SAME PAYMENTS SHE TOOK S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has been railing politicians she doesn’t like because they took “subsistence” and “per diem” payments from South Carolina taxpayers while serving as members of the legislative branch.  In fact the “Movement Fund” – a political action…

GOVERNOR BLASTING POLITICIANS FOR TAKING THE SAME PAYMENTS SHE TOOK

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has been railing politicians she doesn’t like because they took “subsistence” and “per diem” payments from South Carolina taxpayers while serving as members of the legislative branch.  In fact the “Movement Fund” – a political action committee affiliated with Haley – has gone so far as to run television ads attacking politicians for receiving these payments.

We agree with the criticism … and have bashed these politicians ourselves.

The only problem with Haley calling them out?  Once again she is slamming lawmakers for doing the same things she did during her tenure in the S.C. General Assembly.

Between 2008-2010 – Haley’s final three years in the S.C. House of Representatives – she took $23,140 in subsistence payments.  Not only that, in 2008 she also took per diem payments totaling $35 “for each day of the legislative session” (a tab that could top $3,000 depending on Haley’s attendance record that year).

This despite the fact that Haley lived only 16.7 miles away from the S.C. State House.

Here are the records …

HALEY 2008 INCOME 

HALEY 2009 INCOME

HALEY 2010 INCOME

Obviously this isn’t the first time Haley has opened herself up to allegations of hypocrisy on ethics issues …

Earlier this year she  unveiled an ethics reform plan which would do away with numerous loopholes and exemptions that she has habitually exploited over the years to evade accountability for her actions.

“We can’t point to a single one of Haley’s ethics proposals that she hasn’t already either violated or exploited in an effort to cover up her offenses, making this the ultimate ‘do as I say, not as I do’ offering,” we wrote at the time.

Looks like that trend is continuing …

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33 comments

Susie October 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

She is such a #>%^€*£ hypocrite. Honestly, she needs to be investigated, put in the slammer, and keys thrown in te ocean. HALLEY equals HYPOCRITE.

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junior justice October 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Does Blago need a cellmate? Or would that be considered “cruel and unusual punishment”?

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Turtle October 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Cruel and unusual punishment to which one?

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Peter O October 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Hold on a second. I believe Haley’s Movement Fund is criticizing *how* these guys (specifically Sen. Nikki Setzler) spent their funds, not the fact that they spent them.

In Setzler’s case, the ads attack him for getting reimbursements for hotel rooms when he lives 10 minutes from the Statehouse. The ads don’t attack him for things like meals.

Now if you show that Haley also rented out Columbia hotel rooms while she was in the legislature, then I’ll agree she’s a hypocrite.

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edrollins October 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

each legislator got a 131 per diem , 87 for lodging and 44
for meals in 2011.any legislator living within 50 miles of
columbia this per diem was reported on their w-2 form as wages.
they do not have to rent out a room to get the per diem.
total days the senate was in session in 2011 was 73.a senator
received 6,351 for hotels and 3,212 for meals.they do not have
to spend any money to get the 131 per diem. do you know any
senator that actually paid for their own meals???

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sweepin October 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

@edrollins, your explanation is right on point. Only, most don’t want to hear the point.

The point is, once again as you suggest, the per diem does not have to be utilized on rooms or meals. In a simple sense it is an entitlement by virtue of the legislative office they hold. No explanation, no proof of use, no bills offered, just claim the per diem voucher that each and every member is entitled to as additional consideration whether spent on expenses or not.

Travel is another thing, but it stands to reason that Senators who live long distances from the State House will incur and be reimbursed travel expenses that are higher than those who live closer to the Capitol. Larry Martin is a case in point. It stands to reason that a Senator or Rep. from Pickens would incur higher travel expenses than a Senator or Rep. from Sumter. Only Senators from Oconee or perhaps Anderson live further away than Pickens. Maybe, depending on residence, Jasper, Beaufort, or Marlboro would approach the same level of costs, all things being equal as to number of trips, etc.

This stuff isn’t really rocket science. It’s quite elementary, in fact.

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Bonhoeffer October 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

So, if you live within commuting distance, you don’t require a hotel room. You don’t have to buy any meals–lobbyist breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions take care of that. So why the hell do you need a per diem?

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sweepin October 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

edit. Travel = mileage

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Smirks October 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Wouldn’t it be simpler to list the politicians that aren’t on the take?

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? October 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I am not sure such a list exists.

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Frank Pytel October 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

YEP YEP

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anthony October 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Who better than a crook to point out all the flaws in the system?

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Jimbo October 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Nik reminds me of Aaron Beam, CFO of HealthSouth, which went into bankruptcy, him going to prison for fraud. (But for a mere three months.)

In Dick Gordon’s interview with him, broadcast last night on The Story, Beam said “Being a felon now, I can’t even get a stock job at Home Depot. I make a living now mowing lawns.”

But he did write a book: HealthSouth, The Wagon to Disaster

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To Purchase a Signed Copy:

To order a signed copy of the book mail a check to me for $26 ($22.95 for book plus shipping). For two books mail $50.

Mail to:
Aaron Beam
16848 Black Devine Rd.
Loxley, AL 36551

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Maybe Nik can get a cowriter and do a book, too.

Bobby Harrell can edit.

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The Dome October 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Obama in the White House….hopefully not for long!
Haley in the Gov mansion….hopefully not for long!
Both liars, self serving, out for themselves and friends and to HELL with the Country and everybody in it, except themselves, their families and their sick pathetic friends…worthless!
Vote CHANGE people. For your children, grandchildren and the future of this State and Country!

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Crooner October 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

This is an unfair comparison until Obama puts all of his family members on the payroll.

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Carpe Jugulum October 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Gee, this is like having a job, never having to show up and then getting paid! Is LMC aware of this creative method of personal revenue enhancement? It’s enough to have the infamous Gigolo doing the Pink Glove Dance. Get out o’ the way! Here he comes now!

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Pelion peckerhead October 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Green face paint, a broom, and a wart on that probiscus and she is Halloween Qualified!

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TJ October 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

People, cut Haley some slack on her travel reimbursements. Brooms cost money, you know…

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Groundball October 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Can we get dollar amounts for every legislator in Richland and Lexington Counties? Is it fair to single out Haley and Setzler and leave the rest alone? I’ll bet some others are shaking in their boots right now.

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Frank Pytel October 26, 2012 at 6:32 am

Yes you can. I don’t recall the site, but they post it.

I did some TP work (fracking libtard gingrich loving scumbags) and found a site that lists it all. They (gubment jackboots) stuff it right down your (the public) face and no one even takes notice.

I’ll hunt it up and post it.

Frank Pytel :)

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Billy K Mulligan October 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Hey Dee Dee, where are you on this one? Trashing Setzler for doing exact same as Haley, who just flew in to Aiken on her broom to endorse you? Hypocrite much, you and Crazy Jane, mom in law House 81 petition candidate?

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Bumpkin October 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Please no more wicked witch nose in the damned brown suit pictures. Swap this out for the GOP convention shot. She’s only got the cute photos going for her.

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Jeffy01 October 26, 2012 at 12:27 am

So your Federal sources have told you she will be indicted for taking payments allowed by state law!
What next….evidence she drove 35 mph in a 35 mph zone!!
Ooooooooo
Deja deja deja deja deja vu

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RINO October 26, 2012 at 4:55 am

Maybe she is suffering from early Alzheimer’s. Perhaps she should take the DNA test. Poor baby.

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AlohaSteve October 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

Nikki Haley….a hypocrite? This is my shocked face. :o

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Dr. (Well I'll Be) M.D. October 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

SSDD……………SAME SHIT DIFFERENT DAY! This world has gone to hell in a hand bag…theses dumb fuckers don’t know shit from shinola except how to fuck the public and they all get A BIG “A” GRADE FOR THAT!

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Isotope Soap October 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

I agree, but apparently SC voters don’t know shit from shinola either.

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Stimulus October 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

She is a stupid ugly bitch!

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Crooner October 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm

How lucky is she that the LMC job opened up when it did. Goddamned quadrupled her income!!

Will, you should leave that pic up through the holiday. Apropos.

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insider October 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Wonder if the SCDOR hacker’s foreign IP address was coming from India or Pakistan?

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hhuuhh?? October 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

probably that recent call center contract to India that she outsourced.

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Ralph Hightower October 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Will,

How do you think that she could afford that white “Government Motors” Cadillac Escalade SUV on an income of $35,000 as an accountant for her family’s business?

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Harry October 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I see pictures of Gov. Haley in the newspaper articles about all the social security numbers getting stolen from the Dept. of Revenue. These pictures have her folding her hands over her crotch. Natural defensive position, I presume.

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