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Nikki Haley Makes National List For Bad Behavior

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…

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

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63 comments

Nölff August 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

I’m sure she’ll top off some more shit lists.

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shifty henry August 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

—- including FITSNEWS, LLC

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Sandi Morals August 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Washington Post just reported that the Ferguson ‘gentle giant’ had drugs in his system.
Blame Haley?

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The Colonel August 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

No, Bush…

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Nölff August 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Apples and Oranges, bucktooth.

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Whatever Idiot August 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Oh, shit…he’s high on the pot…shoot, shoot!!!

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jimlewisowb August 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

Amusing that Georgia’s Governor Deal is #1 and classified as a Ringmaster whereas our very own, bless her heart, Gypsy is only #11 and classified as a Clown

willie, does one’s smile get bigger when they do it with a Clown or is it the same as when you do it with a midget

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Equal Opportunity Humper August 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

The O-Face is indiscriminate.

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Manray August 18, 2014 at 11:55 am

Clown is appropriate for Nikki. She’s not smart enough to be a Ringmaster.

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Sandi Morals August 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Bless your heart. Did you listen to your wife and send ‘traitor’ Tommy a campaign donation?
Hell, Bless his heart-depleted his 401k/IRA of $108,000,received $62,000 in campaign donations and yet has spent at least 3.5 MILLION $$$$$-more than Haley and Sheheen combined thru June.
Appears to me Ervin is counting on clowns and mental midgets for 2% of the brainless.

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jimlewisowb August 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Yep – did it online – thinking about forwarding a few more bucks

Heard the Gypsy Queen will be a no show for Chapin’s Labor Day Parade

She was a no show for the Little Mountain Reunion Parade but since it was raining it was understandable

220 lbs. of salt on the hoof does make for a mighty big lump

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Sandi Morals August 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm

No you didn’t??? LMAO…:-)))))

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nitrat August 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

Jeez, they left out a lot of stuff.
Only 2 of the 18 governors are Democrats…

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RogueElephant August 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

Andre’ Bauer would have been a much better gov. That being said, among the present contenders Nikki is a giant among dwarfs. Four more years.

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The Colonel August 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

Wow, …Andre’ Bauer would have been a much better gov…, brah, it’s way past time to change the water in that bong.

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Smirks August 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

Andre’ Bauer would have been a much better gov.

I think his time in office would go about as well as his time in an airplane.

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The Colonel August 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

But it sure would have been entertaining…

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Sandi Morals August 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

lol…You get it as usual.Haley may not be perfect however if you elect a ‘traitor’ to the Republican Party like Ervin or a Democrat like Sheheen you will get leadership like the Democrat governor of Missouri.
Yesterday Governor Nixon went on a race-baiting attack on the local police in Ferguson while he has allowed businesses to burn.He has allowed outside agitators to take control of that community. You can’t trust Democrats or liberals to enforce law and order.

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CNSYD August 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

Missing from CREW’s list. Haley’s alleged “liaison” with the founding editor of FITSNEWS.

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shifty henry August 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

That would have been a PLUS for Nikki….

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EJB August 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

That’s poor taste not corruption! ;-)

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CNSYD August 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Both ways?

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GrandTango August 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

Google: Crewexposed…FITS: STFU, you ignorant lackey for the Democrat Party…

“An analysis of CREW’s “watchdog” activities reveals a systematic effort to disproportionately target Republicans and conservative-leaning groups with often-frivolous lawsuits, ethics complaints, and petitions for investigations by law enforcement agencies. An analysis of CREW’s activities demonstrates that it disproportionately targets conservatives by a ratio of more than 8-to-1. At the same time, the corresponding federal oversight agencies responsible for investigating CREW’s complaints indicates that, historically, Democrats have been investigated far more often for ethics violations.”

LMAO: FITS has every right to try…but you really have to be a Dumb@$$ to put much stock into his insane rantings….

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Saluda Rapids August 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

His insane rantings?

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The Colonel August 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

CREW hunh? While it has an accurate assessment of Haley, CREW is a partisan organization that almost uniformly files complaints against Republicans while just casually mentioning malfeasance committed by Democrats.

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GrandTango August 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

So anybody else who believes CREW is a Dumb@$$…but you’re OK, because they agree w/ your paranoid, media-led and stupid ideology…LMAO…You are such a typical FITS-intellect minion…

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nitrat August 18, 2014 at 11:55 am

It couldn’t possibly be that the Christianist Republicans simply feel, like Sanford, that everything they do is acceptable because they have already been ‘saved’ and anointed by God to ‘lead’, could it?

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The Colonel August 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

No, it’s just that CREW is and has been a partisan political organization attempting to pass itself off as non-partisan.
What is a Christianist?

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shifty henry August 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

Since the day the Governess forced all state employees to answer telephone calls with “It’s A Great Day In South Carolina” — NOT ONE EMPLOYEE has greeted me with that mandated MANTRA! My feelings are hurt (almost)….

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Off with their heads! August 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

Civil service workers practicing civil disobedience, interesting.

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shifty henry August 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

10+

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Libido Dominandi August 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

“Some governors on the list essentially turned their authority and regulatory agendas over to special interests,”

Is there a special interest group for those addicted to cock?

Anyway, when you’ve got some organization bitching that governors aren’t “regulating” enough you know exactly what their agenda is….file 13 anything they say after that.

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Edgar August 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

Haley is on such a list and Jean Toal is not? CREW is corrupt.

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Buz Martin August 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Toal is governor of which state, again?

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Centrist View August 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

The report lists 18 Governor and 16 of them are Republicans. Makes you wonder if there is a political agenda.
https://www.fitsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CREW_Worst_Governors_in_America_fullreport.pdf

CREW’s Executive Director is Melanie Sloan, a longtime Democrat
operative who previously served as Nominations Counsel for Joe Biden’s
Senate Judiciary Committee (1993); Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of
the House Judiciary Committee for Charles Schumer (1994); Minority
Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee under John Conyers (1995-1998); and Assistant U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia (1998-2003).

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=7309
* Public interest organization that litigates against corrupt political leaders* Targets almost exclusively Republicans
* Heavily funded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute and by Democracy Alliance [Excerpt]

CREW’s Executive Director is Melanie
Sloan, a longtime Democrat operative who previously served as
Nominations Counsel for Joe Biden’s Senate Judiciary Committee (1993);
Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee for
Charles Schumer (1994); Minority Counsel for the U.S. House of
Representatives Judiciary Committee under John Conyers (1995-1998); and Assistant U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia (1998-2003).

Other CREW officials have similarly deep ties to the political Left. For
example, Deputy Director and Communications Director Naomi Seligman
Steiner was formerly the Communications Director of Media Matters for America.
CREW Special Projects Associate Lida Masoudpour was once a staffer at
Media Matters and served as an intern in the office of Senator Hillary
Clinton. CREW Senior Counsel Tim Mooney previously served as Senior
Counsel at Alliance for Justice
(AFJ). CREW Counsel Dan Roth was formerly the Dorot Judicial Selection
Fellow at AFJ. CREW Research Associate Robin Powers is a former Program
Associate of AFJ who interned with Vital Voices Global Partnership and
the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. CREW Counsel Kimberly Perkins once worked as the Assistant General Counsel for the National Office of the NAACP,
where she led the “Voting Rights & Redistricting Project” and
“Election Protection” efforts. CREW Executive Assistant Melissa Cuerdon,
who previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry, served
internships at the Sierra Club and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

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Manray August 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

A number of comments below attack CREW. I read the report. What did they write about Haley that wasn’t true? Is truth affected by it’s source? I thought true was true.

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a face in the crowd August 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

People are in denial. They voted for Haley and desperately want to reassure themselves that they are not clueless.

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neighbor August 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Gotta love the very large sign near downtown Lexington that reads Haley-one-and-done. Her kids must be SO proud.

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Sandi Morals August 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Gotta love the very large signs in America that read “Impeach Obama”. His kids must be SO proud.

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Inciteful August 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Nikki should be in the top three. Liberal leaning or not, (and I suspect it is) the references for the ratings are well documented in the report. In Nikki’s case, the trangretions are if anything, under-reported. For example, she loads the DHEC Board with donors AND gets them to appoint her “rock star” favorite,…..who is the only unqualified candidate for the non-cabinet leadership post. The subsequent TB outbreak is handled as a lawyer would, NOT as a public health official. People likely die. Same with DSS, SCDEW, the list of incompetant leadersip goes on.

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Mandy August 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Ite a shame that everybody else gets it about how corrupt Haley is but not the idiots that support her here.

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aikencounty August 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

All it will take is 1% of the voters changing their mind this year and NIMRATA will be gone.

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mark August 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

And the taxpayers will gladly foot the mansion fumigation bill.

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Geg August 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

The jobless rate just jumped again…way to go Wal-Mart Governor Haley.

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Bible Thumper August 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

“The jobless rate just jumped again”
This is only the second month in the 43 months Haley has been in office that unemployment has gone up. Unemployment went down 29 of those months.

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Speight August 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

CREW was founded by Democrat activists Norm Eisen (an attorney) and Louis Mayberg (a prominent Democrat donor, and co-founder of the Maryland-based mutual fund management firm ProFund Advisors LLC). CREW’s “Form 990” IRS filing for 2001 lists Mayberg as one of its three Founding Directors; the other two are Daniel Berger (a high-profile Democrat donor who in 2004 made a $100,000 contribution to America Coming Together) and Mark Penn (a fellow at the New Politics Institute, and a top Democrat strategist and pollster who not only played a key role in Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign, but also served as head of “message and strategy” for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign).

CREW has received financial backing from the Arca Foundation, the David Geffen Foundation, Democracy Alliance, the Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation, the George Soros’s Open Society Institute, the Sheller Family Foundation, theStreisand Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, and the Woodbury Fund — all institutions distinguished by their support for far-left causes.

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Templeton Koller Georgia Brown August 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Yeah, but is it true or not? Did Nikki DO any of those things??

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Speight August 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

It’s all in the framing.

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nitrat August 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

Could that simply mean that Democrats are more interested in honest government…
…while Republicans still revel in money laundering and Tricky Dick’s Dirty Tricks?

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Bible Thumper August 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Bad news for South Carolina and Haley. Monthly Unemployment rises for only the second time since entering office.
___________ South Carolina ______ JUNE _________ JULY
Labor Participation rate ——————- 57.8% ————– 57.8%
Unemployment rate ————— ——— 5.3% ————— 5.7% last seen in February
Unemployment was 10.5% when Haley took office.
For the past month
__The adult population grew by 3780.
__The workforce grew by 2682.
__There were 6442 fewer jobs in July.
__There were 9124 more unemployed in July.

http://www.bls.gov/lau/ststdsadata.txt

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Dolph August 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

The morons of this state will reelect her handily.

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RogueElephant August 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm

The morons vote D.

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H. Sawyer August 18, 2014 at 7:18 pm

No, the morons voted her into office.

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Mark August 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

In just a few years she…
…went from having little or no extra cash to making million dollar loans to people in California that she does not know…
….went from driving a leased Escalade that she could not afford to being chauffeured in black SUV (and sometimes in actual motorcades)…
…went from traveling nowhere or flying in the cheapest seat available to spending her life in private jets…
…went from having an under-employed husband that bankrupted a business to having a husband with well paid government job that allows him to be a hero too…

Being a “public servant” is a great way to live a millionaires lifestyle and get rich too!

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Proud Bubba August 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

South Carolina is proud of Gov. Haley and she is one of the very best in the nation. I’m thinking Obummer’s Boy Vincent Sheheen is behind this one.
Proud Bubba in SC

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miffSC August 21, 2014 at 11:49 am

All of South Carolina is NOT proud of Nikki Haley.
Proud South Carolinian (or at least, I used to be until this woman took office)

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erneba August 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

In 2010 Politico’s Ben Smith described CREW’s founding in 2003 as “one of a wave of new groups backed by liberal donors” and called CREW “a vehicle for assaults on largely – but not entirely – Republican targets”.

When you have a left-leaning website describing “CREW” as above, I would not put much faith in the group’s findings. FITS, you can do better than this, they threw in a couple of Democrats so they can call themselves impartial..

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edr August 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Where did she get $ 1,500,000 to loan anybody ?????

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Tom August 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Her”employment” as governor has made her a wealthy woman. Public service is code for gimme, gimme, gimme.

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jimlewisowb August 19, 2014 at 8:24 am

Public service is code for take, take, take and when the taxpayer’s body is cold to the touch take some more

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FedUp August 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

I wonder if the IRS is looking to see if all this unexplained new cash was ever reported. After all, Nikki is a pathological liar….

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Commonman August 20, 2014 at 7:34 am

And your point would be?????? We like them corrupt!

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beej August 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Top ten: 9 republicans, 1 dem. No more reading required

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