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 …