IN A WORD … “YES”
At this point, it should be abundantly clear to anyone with multiple brain cells that S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is a complete and total hypocrite on the issue of ethics reform (see HERE, HERE and HERE).
Oh, and HERE too …
The governor loves to portray herself as a champion of cleaning up Palmetto politics, but this year she’s pushed legislation that would actually move South Carolina backward on this issue, making the state even dirtier and more corrupt than ever. Even when Haley was proposing legitimate reforms – there wasn’t a single one of them she hadn’t already violated.
Haley has proposed income disclosure for lawmakers – even though she failed to disclose more than $40,000 she received from a company doing business before the state. She proposed consolidating ethics cases under an independent agency – even though she relied on a corrupt committee of her former peers to evade conviction on a wide range of public corruption charges. She pushed for mandatory recusals from office – even though she failed to recuse herself from votes benefiting her secret employer. She demanded reforms to the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) – even though her administration illegally deleted emails and deliberately withheld public information from reporters. And she asked lawmakers to correct a flawed election law that resulted in hundreds of candidates being booted from the 2012 ballot – even though she co-authored the statute with her longtime ally, S.C. Rep. Nathan Ballentine.
Talk about “do as I say, not as I’ve done …”
Anyway … all of this is old news at this point. Also old news? The story of former S.C. Governor (and current first district congressman) Mark Sanford regretting the victory he gift-wrapped for Haley when she ran for the “Republican” gubernatorial nomination in the spring of 2010.
We first reported on this back in December 2010, but the Sanford-Haley feud picked up momentum when The New York Times magazine’s chief political correspondent Jim Rutenberg published a sprawling story on Sanford’s remarkable 2013 political comeback.
Included within that story was an account of a meeting that took place in the governor’s office in early 2010 involving Sanford, Haley and Jon Lerner, a Maryland-based political consultant who has advised both candidates.
According to the report, Haley and Lerner “continued to press” Sanford after he initially declined to “devote several hundred thousand dollars to a media campaign supporting (Haley’s) candidacy.”
Sanford eventually relented, though, authorizing the expenditure of $400,000 from his Reform SC political organization to pay for the ads – which were written and produced by Lerner.
Was any of what transpired there legal?
No. In fact sate ethics law (Section 8-13-1340) expressly prohibits such coordination between candidates and their committees.
Not only did Haley break the law, though, she flat out lied about it – telling a reporter from The (Spartanburg, S.C.) Herald Journal in May 2010 that there was “no connection” between her campaign and Reform SC.
Right … except for when she and her consultant pressured its leader to cough up $400,000, which her consultant then turned into television ads on her behalf. Make no mistake: Had those ads not run, Nikki Haley would have finished dead last in the 2010 governor’s race – because no one would have known who the hell she was. She simply didn’t have enough money to get her name – or a message – out to the voters.
The Reform SC ads – which were eventually pulled from the air under the threat of a lawsuit – did that for her.
Yeah right …
Once again, it’s hard to find an “ethics” law Haley hasn’t broken on her path to power.
Please remove the picture on this article NOW!!! She looks demonically possessed. I’m serious, I’m going to have to avoid Fits until this story goes out of rotation if I want to avoid nightmares.
Just think of her as having an orgasm when the photo was taken — perhaps that will ease your pain.
I’ll go with the possessed look – the last picture he posted of her made her look like “Bucky the Beaver”. The idea that he may have been “Lewinskied and then Lorena-ed” by those choppers makes me wince for him.
Yet another visual for nightmare fodder. LOL!!!
Lorena’s sister attempted to slice off part of her boyfriend’s penis last week but she only nicked it. The judge let her off with a small fine and a reprimand after reducing the charge of mayhem down to a “missdawiener”…
I’ve known she was demonically possessed for a long time. I worked with her and helped her on her election. About a month after being sworn in, it all came to light.
I will be doing everything I can to unseat her.
I’ve heard this from multiple people, apparently once she got elected someone flipped the Dr. Jekyll/Mrs. Hyde switch.
It is the trait of a narcissist! It lies beneath waiting for something to cause it to sprout forth: child birth, new job, marriage, etc. Something of a change and then bang.
i’m afraid Haley may have many character flaws/personality disorders: lying, cheating, lack of conscience and so forth.
Hey fits, remember when you got all high and mighty because some “activist judge” issued an injunction ordering the cessation of those TV ads? And now you’re all high and mighty saying it was wrong all along. I think you owe Judge Hayes an apology.
I am assuming that Sanford’s participation was illegal?
As Mark learned from C Street, he is incapable of any wrong doing unlike all we common folk. What may be wrong for us is OK for him.
There nothing hypocritical about obeying the laws as they exist and wanting change them. As for coordination with Reform SC, the courts are finding these restrictions unconstitutional or impossible to enforce. A true Libertarian, would be against such restrictions.
Look, I know a lot of people who say they are conservatives don’t see this; and I know the GOP feels as though they need people like the Kochs and Riches to have the freedom to buy seats for them as fewer and fewer people are buying their post Reagan arguments. But please people think about what you are doing.
Allowing a person to pay unlimited anonymous money to get a politician elected if that politician supports things that benefit that person will end this country. Liberty in such a system for anyone except the wealthy will cease to exist. We will become modern day Russia overnight.
People do not give large sums of money to politicians unless they expect them to do something in return!!!!!! This is a prime example. Mark Sanford gave money to Hailey and expected Hailey to reciprocate by getting him football tickets, letting his son use the governor’s mansion to entertain friends, and frankly I am sure he expected a lot more. Doesn’t your son being able to entertain at the governors mansion sound a lot like European Royalty. Why would he even think such a thing was possible? Because it is; for the right price!
Hailey did not reciprocate in this case, because Sanford was not rich enough. Had he been able to give her even more money she would have. This type of activity is a disaster for liberty and the death knell of government by the people. This is the exact opposite of the principles this nation was founded on. If you and our Supreme Court can’t see that this nation is in for a long dark future, and destined for obscurity. After all, how will we differ from Russia and China? Let Plutocracy Reign.
Howard Rich: “I don’t make a nickel. Here in South Carolina I own no property. I have no businesses down here. So there’s no real monetary benefit.”
Jack, I often find that people like you have opinion that the voters are stupid. With all that money being spent the voters are just sheep being lead around by the deepest pocket.
There is a natural tendency to believe you are smarter than others and that those who disagree are.dumb.
Intelligent people like yourself have difficulty understanding how democracy and capitalism work. How can you leave such important decisions to the average dumb citizen. And yet for 238 years the USA has been an unparalleled success. Prior generations were much more ignorant than our current. For every Koch there is a Steyer, and for every Rich there is a Soros.
You do not know me, and I certainly do not think we can’t leave government to the people. I am insisting we do. Nor do I think the people are dumb. I think you are willfully blind as to what is going on here. The money from both sides wants something in return. Access and power. Howard Rich is not paying money to SC politicians to help the people of SC he intends to benefit in some way for that contribution. He is lying if he says otherwise. Just like George Soros is lying if he says otherwise. Both are buying influence that will enable them to keep pt get their cronies into positions of power in Washington.
People give large sums of money to politicians because they want something in return. Maybe in the short run, maybe in the long run. But they expect a return. If I thought the people were dumb I would not be out here screaming for them to look at what is happening in this country. I would assume the country is already lost.
You say both sides lead to a more informed voter. I call BS. All it leads to is voters only hearing the position of very wealthy very powerful people who disagree with each other. People who do not agree with either side are totally drowned out. Not everybody is far right or far left. Those in middle are not heard at all. Yet that is where our country needs leadership the most.
As for your assertion that for 238 years our country has been an unparalleled success, you are wrong. Our country has gone through its dark time just like every other country. For most of our history we were not the most powerful country in the world and certainly not the freest country in the world.
In fact we have fought long and hard to become what we are today. Until the 1865 we enslaved hundreds of thousands of people; and do you realize that until the 1920s over half of the citizens of this country were not even allowed to vote?
In the late 1800s and early 1900 we were rapidly becoming an Oligarchy ruled by a few powerful industrialist. It was by sheer luck we had a President willing to fight for the rights of the common people to liberty. We should not rely on that happening again or by those powers being foolish enough to support a President who will do the same.
America is the greatest nation on earth now. But if you allow people to turn this into a Russian style Oligarchy, that will change. And that is exactly what unlimited dark money will do!
So there’s no real monetary benefit.
Rich targets SC because the government is already corrupt and the state is poor, therefore it is easier to find politicians who will take your legalized bribes and it takes less money to buy influence over them. If SC bends to it over time, it can influence other states to adopt the same shit (especially if others like Rich follow suit in those states).
Rich is affiliated with Cato, ALG, Club for Growth, and a number of other groups that have their dirty fingers in SC’s pie. FITSNews links a lot to these groups, namely ALG. On the front page is a little box with NetRightDaily links, which is run by ALG. There’s also plenty of commentary by Wilson, Mehrens, and Manning, all ALG clowns. Before, he posted a lot of stuff from Howard Rich himself as well as posting about many SC legislators who were funded by his shadow groups. I think most find this highly suspect at the very least.
The man doesn’t live in this state, yet he blows millions of dollars in influencing our government? This doesn’t seem even remotely questionable to you?
This man claims he doesn’t benefit from whatever happens in our state. This also means he doesn’t bear the consequences of the changes he helps to influence. This doesn’t bother you?
Both sides only lead to a more informed voter.
Yeah, sure thing buddy.
The SC House Ethics Committee will hold her accountable.
Maybe she threatened to expose the China trip if he didn’t pony up the money. Blackmail is a powerful thing.
And someone else knew?
Just another confirmation of Haley’s corruption, disregard for the law and lack of ethics!
So, what’s new?
Haley needs to go! And, keep going until she sees the subSaharan coast.
Maybe she and her long lost twin Barak Obama can join each other and reconnect with their roots!
Goodbye Num Nuts!
If she wins in November, it won’t be because of Lexington County.
When you triangulate, until you strangulate…there’s nothing left but to litigate…
FITS is F^#king pathetic. I’m guessing he sold part of this site to the liberal Georgia lobbyist and abortion maven: Lizenby.
And FITS has been reduced to the landing page for the SC Democrat Party.
Say what you want about Nancy Mace. But she was FITS Cus D’amato. With her out of the picture, he has turned into Mike Tyson under Don King. How much longer before the site meets its version of Buster Douglas???…or even worse: its Desiree Washington.
Editor’s Note: Look it up liberals… or find a Conservative, and have them explain it to you.
FITS is F^#king pathetic.
And yet you can’t help but come here. What does that say about you?
I love coming here. I love to read what liberals – and liberal-tarians – say. I will not boycott you, or ever ask your voices to be silent. I LOVE to hear what you have to say. I truly believe in freedom of speech.
The fact that you don’t understand that says a lot about you.
I will not boycott you, or ever ask your voices to be silent. I LOVE to hear what you have to say. I truly believe in freedom of speech.
…’til I tell you to STFU!
…or when you talk about your gay agenda, teach critical thinking (see Texas), or if you’re not Christian.
Reading the GrandTango’s recent posts, can anyone else imagine the scene — a dark, foggy night; a wolf howls in the background. Out of the fog you see a ghostly figure coming towards you. You gasp in fear. Then you hear a strange gurgling sound — like that of a upset stomach. And there you go — ghost diarrhea.
LMAO!! Yes indeed. SC Democrat Party Headquarters????!!!!!
Hell I agree with 50% of the opinions/articles that FITS provides on this site. Many are very informative and timely.
In my opinion what FITS is trying to do to Haley and her family is just plain wrong. It reminds me of what Boz Martin did in Horry County/Myrtle Beach to politicians AND their families when he disagreed with their politics or standing on an issue. What Boz did to Wayne Gray and his family on blogs and forums reminds me of the FITS obsession with Haley. I believe Tom Rice and his wife have gotten a dose of the ‘dynamic duo’-FITS & Boz.
Martin apparently got David Wren and TSN so jacked up with his BULLSHIT and that the CIA ,SLED, FBI, IRS etc… was getting ready to come after the MBACC , certain local politicians and the faux ‘Myrtle Beach Mafia’ , they ended up getting sued with a significant civil judgement going against the paper and reporter for apparently reporting many of his allegations.
Be a shame if the same happened to FITS. I am just not ready to believe that FITS is as soulless and as stupid as the ‘fly’.
Just an opinion and unlike Tom Ervin I did not have to LOAN myself $425,000 to express it. :-)
Thanks for info. on Boz’s connection to the judgment against The Sun News to Mark Kelly.
When you see one-sided media- or kooky conspiracy theorists – inventing stories, punished…based solely on personal hatred- it’s a good day for American justice..
I bet no ignoramus in media will ever pursue w/ Boz’s as the nut job source again…
FITS can be extremely reckless w/ the truth, like his partner Boz, and I think all it will take is the effort to sue FITS, in some cases, and he’d be living in a tent the rest of his life, and eating oat meal.
Law schmaw… The law only applies to us common folk in SC.
A NY Times article is going to hurt Haley in South Carolina? Yeah, like anyone in SC reads (or can read, in way too many cases) the NY Times…
Just for fun, tell us the subsection of 8-13-1340 that was violated. Good luck with that.
The fact of the matter is that there was probably no violation at all. The law prohibits “coordination” of “independent expenditures.” If the expenditure does not meet the legal definition (essentially urging a vote for a candidate, or against the opponent), there is no prohibition against coordination. The ReformSC ads were pretty typical of those that urge support for a position taken by the candidate, but not explicitly for the candidate. They’re ubiquitous during campaign season. If there is a statute that prohibits coordination on those, I’m not aware of it. Feel free to enlighten me (us).
Haley is a liar…
Child-welfare workers in the Midlands bear some of the
highest caseloads in the state – with one Lexington County worker
managing 48 cases and 103 children at one time.
caseworkers are not alone, according to a review by The State of May 21
caseloads for every S.C. child-welfare caseworker.
percent of child-welfare workers across South Carolina – including
two-thirds of the workers in Kershaw County, more in half in Lexington
and 43 percent in Richland County – try to handle more than the 17 cases
at any one time that national experts recommend.
That work load
is far higher than the one portrayed to a state Senate panel
investigating the state Department of Social Services earlier this year.
agency’s then-director, Lillian Koller, told a state Senate panel that
Social Services caseworkers manage, on average, six to seven cases.
Koller later acknowledged that average — while accurate — was
misleading, including some staffers who only manage one case at a time.
about those caseloads are driving an ongoing investigation into Social
Services by a state Senate panel. Child-welfare advocates charge the
agency has missed cases of abuse and neglect that led to children dying.
concerns are justified, according to Social Services’ own internal
evaluations of child-welfare services in South Carolina’s 46 counties.
State reviewed those evaluations and found that in 25 of 46 counties –
including Lexington and Richland – investigations of alleged child abuse
were more likely than not to be closed in violation of the agency’s own
In some instances, Social Service found, cases were so poorly documented that it was unclear whether the alleged abuse happened.
Other cases included documented evidence of abuse.
But the cases were closed anyway.
‘They just don’t have the time’
Jessica Hanak-Coulter, a Social Services deputy director, said the agency is moving forward with a plan to reduce caseloads.
department also wants to evaluate all 46 county child-welfare offices
this year to improve training, support for staff and oversight of
child-welfare services. Those evaluations now are required every five
The agency also is hiring. The General Assembly approved 50
new child-welfare positions in the state budget that takes effect
Those changes – and more caseworkers – desperately are needed, child-welfare advocates say.
the wrong call on a possible abuse cases is a result of high caseloads,
said Carla Damron, executive director of the National Association of
Social Workers in South Carolina.
“You work the hours that you
have to work to do your job, and the burnout rate is huge,” said Damron,
who said she has received calls from Social Services case workers who
say their workloads are too high.
“What I’m hearing is that they
just don’t have the time and resources to take care of the kids that
were put in their care,” Damron said. “When you have a really large
caseload, you deal with a pot that’s boiling or you deal with the one
that’s on fire.”
Questions about caseloads
questions about whether the state’s child-welfare agency is doing
enough to protect children are stories of children dying after contact
with Social Services.
Some of those children were from Richland
County, the home county of the state agency’s loudest critics. The
children include Robert Guinyard, a 4-year-old autistic boy who was
fatally beaten in his home, and Bryson Webb, a 5-month-old who died in
the back of a car several weeks after Social Services had been tipped
off that he was in danger. Social Services said it was unable to locate
Bryson after being warned.
The Richland Social Services office now
is the subject of a state intervention with help from Wilbert Lewis.
Lewis retired after 35 years at Social Services but returned to the
agency, at its request, to lead a state takeover of the Richland
child-welfare office, where, he said, a team of outside caseworkers now
is helping meet demands.
That intervention appears to be producing
results, said Paige Greene, executive director of Richland County CASA,
a nonprofit that provides children with court-appointed advocates.
May, Paige said her agency had 110 new children accepted for new
services from Social Services, more than she recalls ever having in a
single month. That increase, she said, likely was the result of Richland
Social Services getting extra help and opening cases that previously
had been put on hold.
Senators reviewing the agency want to know why caseloads are so high.
asked Koller to explain the caseload numbers at a hearing set for
earlier this month. But Koller, an appointee of Gov. Nikki Haley,
resigned two days before she was scheduled to testify about those
The next hearing of the Senate panel is scheduled for July 23.
senators – Tom Young, R-Aiken; Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington; and Joel
Lourie, D-Richland – said they were frustrated the agency initially
reported caseload averages of six and seven per worker, only to find
that, for many workers, caseloads were many times higher, reaching 40 or
more cases per worker involving more than 100 children.
The State reviewed caseload statistics, finding the average of six or seven cases per worker is accurate.
that six or seven cases per worker average includes supervisors and
workers in training who may have only one case at a time to deal with,
Hanak-Coulter of Social Services said. That lower workload is far from
typical, she added.
Instead, of 705 caseworkers statewide reviewed by The State, nearly three-quarters had more than seven cases.
‘Going to need more staff’
The Child Welfare League of America says a caseworker should have to manage no more than 17 active families.
recommended limits are lower for some cases: 12 families for initial
investigations of alleged child abuse and 15 children for foster-care
Social Services says it is finalizing its own child-welfare
caseload limits and hopes to have them in place by June 30,
Under the proposed caseload limits, workers
who screen alleged abuse cases and conduct initial assessments and
investigations would have 10 to 16 families ideally but never more than
Workers handling ongoing cases, where workers help
families address issues, would have 14 to 20 families but never more
than 26 families. Foster-care workers would have 14 to 20 children in
their caseload but never more than 26 children.
organizations, including the Child Welfare League, have set
recommendations for caseloads, no set of standards universally are
accepted across states. That is because of the differences in the ways
child-welfare systems are structured from state to state, Social
Services officials said.
Hanak-Coulter said the S.C. agency came
up with its own caseload standards after studying how long it takes its
caseworkers to work cases. That review included looking at performance
data, interviews with caseworkers and performance coaches, and taking
into account the complexity of the different types of cases, she said.
on the May 21 caseload statistics, 25 percent of S.C. caseworkers have
10 to 17 cases to manage. But about 40 percent of caseworkers have 17 to
48 cases, far above the number recommended by national child-welfare
Caseloads in Lexington County were among the highest in the state, according to May 21 data provided to The State.
of 705 caseworkers reviewed, five from Lexington made the state’s top
10 for the highest caseload per worker – shouldering between 41 and 48
cases apiece. One caseworker was responsible for 106 children.
caseloads have been an ongoing problem at Social Services statewide,
said Lewis, the retired caseworker recently called back to duty.
caseload levels did not get out-of-hand overnight, Lewis added.
Instead, they came as the result of cuts to staffing over time.
address the problem, Social Services is “going to need more staff,” he
said, adding high caseloads are only one factor impacting whether
workloads are manageable. How far a caseworker has to drive to reach a
child or a family is another of many factors to consider, Lewis said.
both Lewis and CASA’s Greene said the new standards proposed by Social
Services are appropriate, and would help caseworkers manage their work
and provide better services to families.
‘Really dangerous mistakes’
said Social Services is working on completing performance reviews of
all 46 counties to fast-track improvements to training provided to
caseworkers and their supervisors.
One part of the evaluation
looks at whether county agencies are following state policies in
determining whether evidence exists to substantiate alleged cases of
abuse or neglect.
In more than half of South Carolina’s counties, those policies have been ignored, according to Social Services evaluations.
to a review by The State of each county’s most recent evaluation,
Social Services offices in 25 of 46 counties more likely than not acted
against state policy in closing investigations of abuse or neglect. The
review looked at five randomly selected cases that had been closed in
Some of the cases reviewed – including all five
reviewed in Richland County – were closed against agency policy after
workers failed to document the case adequately, determine the risks to
children, make timely contact with children, or investigate parents and
In other incidents, cases were closed despite evidence that abuse might be occurring.
example, following the death of a two-month-old in McCormick County, a
case was opened and closed before an autopsy report despite the family
having an “extensive history” with Social Services. The mother had a
history of substance abuse, physical violence and “had stated that she
was going to kill her children,” a subsequent state review found.
In Greenwood, a case alleging sexual abuse was closed without the child having a forensic interview.
Lexington, a child said her father punched her in the face. The agency
only made one contact with the father, who said it was an accident. He
was punishing her, and she fell to her knees and he hit her, he said.
can imagine how that happens if you have such a huge caseload,” said
Damron with the National Association of Social Workers, referring to
cases closed despite evidence of abuse. “Those are really dangerous
‘Because we care’
who is now working to bail out the Richland County Social Services
office, said he recently asked a child-welfare caseworker why she
continued to come to work every day, despite heavy caseloads and
questions about her office’s ability to protect vulnerable children.
Her response? “Because we care,” said Lewis.
caseworker knows that she will “face great challenges, but that inner
personal drive, almost like a calling, has her coming back every day
doing the best she can with the resources she’s been given,” Lewis said.
When bad things happen to children in the care of Social Services, caseworkers feel “devastated,” he added.
always going to question yourself, not just in child-death cases, but
in your day-to-day work, you will constantly second- guess yourself.
“Sometimes, you go home and you can’t leave it at the door.”
Sharon: Here’s a great Read for you…it calls out the democrats for exploiting child deaths and advocating policy, like, anti-family, feminism and devaluing life, that endangers children.
Really explains it well, and the media’s role in misleading voters: Enjoy: http://scdigest.blogspot.com/
I just wanna know where mark got that fine new suit for $129.00? Maybe Cavilers or Mayo’s Suit City?