Tom Ervin Ad Blasts Nikki Haley’s Loan Deal, “Shady Friends”

PETITION CANDIDATE QUESTIONS LEGALITY OF LOAN BENEFITING FIRST COUPLE … By FITSNEWS || While South Carolina’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen was offering some low-brow criticism of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, petition candidate Tom Ervin was busy delivering a more credible blow to the “Republican” incumbent. Ervin – a self-styled “independent Republican” –…


By FITSNEWS || While South Carolina’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen was offering some low-brow criticism of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, petition candidate Tom Ervin was busy delivering a more credible blow to the “Republican” incumbent.

Ervin – a self-styled “independent Republican” – has already leveled some substantive pay-to-play allegations against Haley.  In fact this website ran an extensive follow-up story on one of these pay-to-play deals (to read that exclusive, CLICK HERE).

This week Ervin is out with a brand new television advertisement in which he challenges Haley and her husband, Michael, on a shady investment deal orchestrated by the couple’s financial manager, Neil Shah.

“In this perplexing deal, the Haleys borrowed money from Pacific Valley Bank, only to loan that money back out to Dr. Jerome Rubin, while collecting a cool $25,538 profit,” Ervin’s campaign alleged. “While Rubin doesn’t appear to have any preexisting ties to Haley, members of the Haleys’ financial advisor’s firm have ties to both Pacific Valley Bank, Dr. Rubin, and the Sepulvedas. The ties between Stevens, Sloan & Shah and Pacific Valley Bank, in particular, raise questions of potentially unethical conduct benefitting Steven, Sloan & Shah.”

Hmmmm …

In addition to serving as the Haley’s financial advisor, Shah has also made multiple donations to her gubernatorial campaign – all of which Ervin’s campaign has meticulously documented.

Ervin’s television spot refers to the financial arrangement as a “loan scheme for a million dollars to benefit Haley’s back pocket.”

“It’s worth noting that Rubin has a checkered financial past, including a recent bankruptcy, which raises questions as to his credit worthiness,” Ervin stated in remarks accompanying the release of his new ad.

Here’s the spot …

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(Vid: Via)

Obviously income issues are nothing new to Haley.

In August of 2008, Haley – then a State Representative – submitted an employment application to Lexington Medical Center, which wound up employing her for twenty months as a vastly-overpaid “fundraiser.” This job application included a 2007 income estimate which vastly exceeded the amount of money Haley reported to the IRS that year. Specifically, Haley’s application stated that she made $125,000 from her family clothing business in 2007 (a figure that would explain her $300,000 home, Cadillac SUV, etc.).

The problem? On her federal tax returns, Haley reported making only $22,000 from the “family business” that year.

The initial suspicion was that Haley may have lied on her job application – although the much more damaging allegation revolves around the possibility that Haley lied on her tax returns.

Either way, the discrepancy was uncovered as part of an independent investigation launched in February 2011 by former Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) Chairman John Rainey. When reporter John O’Connor of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper busted Haley on this discrepancy a month later – the governor trotted out her chief of staff Tim Pearson to (once again) lie on her behalf.

No wonder Haley was pushing a so-called “ethics” bill that lacked income disclosure …

So far, though, nothing … and we mean nothing … has stuck to Haley.

Meanwhile, with the notable exception of libertarian Steve French, none of the gubernatorial candidates are coming at Haley from her badly exposed ideological right flank.

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G.O.B. October 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Hopefully Harrell sang like a bird!

WW October 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Come on FEDS, we know you have this info!!

guest October 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm

LMAO!!! “traitor” tommy don’t even know who in the fuck his is.
Haley up 20% and the stupid SOB has already spent about $5,000,000

RogueElephant October 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I think if he had spent $5,000,000 you would see more signs, ads on TV and radio. Grahamnasty has only spent a couple of mil. and I hear his ads on the radio about non stop. More BS from a has been that never was.

guest October 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

the state reported earlier this month that Ervin had spent at least 4.1 million $$$$. For what? No chance of winning and polling at 4%-6%.

My guess is the IRS would be a lot more interested in the millions Ervin has spent than the $22,000 Fits is alleging Haley lied about on her tax returns.

Hell why not have the IRS audit Ervin and his wife’s law practice since Fits is all about ethics and accountability?

FastEddy23 October 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Why not tell us your ID so we can sic the IRS on you?

Besides, as soon as any demo (Fascist or otherwise) or republicrat enters a major political race, the IRS backs off. (Ask Steve Forbes, who ran, and now has his entire family shielded from fed or state g’ment abuse. … I wish I could get away with that.)

FeloniousTeddy 5 2 10 October 26, 2014 at 12:22 am

You already have my “ID”.My email was hacked into long ago. You fucked up.

Fran October 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Sandi the idiot.

Just some person October 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Now sic. Why don’t you look to some of your sources on Ervin and find out why he has not paid anyone that works at his radio station in over a month and a half? That would be a good read.

Republican Follies October 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Sounds like a good Free Enterpriser!

guest October 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Ervin is a liar. When he decided to run as a self-identified quitter and loser he told the voters that he was going to drain his 401k/annuity(?) of $108,000 to pay for his campaign.

Almost $5,000,000 later the failed Democrat turned failed Republican turned failed self-identified independent loser continues his agenda of humiliating himself and his ugly wife while spinning more lies that Fits and Obama combined.

Steve October 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Don’t worry, nothing she could do would ever keep “The Colonel” from voting for her!

Republican Follies October 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Yes,the Colonel is my favorite Republican who posts here.Always acts almost pained to vote for the Republican,but, after citing the various transgressions of the wayward GOPer ,then comes back and basically says that ,since the Democrat is no better,well might as well vote for the Republican.

Great logic really!

RogueElephant October 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

In any given race the Republican is better than the Dim. There are exceptions but very few.

Former Haley Suporter October 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

One GLARING EXCEPTION is the Governor’s race where Haley should have NEVER been elected in the first place!
Haley is a corrupt, unethical, lying, adulterer!

easterndumbfuckistan October 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

I don’t like her, but she’s still a better candidate than the Syrian Sheheen. I’ll likely vote for French or Ervin, not that it’ll matter in the end.

Sandi Morals October 24, 2014 at 10:55 pm

You are correct. It won’t matter. Ervin never had a chance to win however with his name recognition in the upstate and the millions he has poured into his campaign he could have helped elect Sheheen EXCEPT for three things:

1. Obama
2. John Weaver aka McCain failure-when the FIRST pubic policy position Ervin announced was support of GAY marriage , he solidified Haley’s “nervous” base. This policy decision destroyed any chance Ervin had of electing Sheheen.
3.Ervin is a political loser and quitter… voters don’t identify with such in these difficult fiscal and morally/ socially deviant times…the donations from his wife to Sheheen and the SCDP reaffirmed that Ervin was never in the game to win but to elect Sheheen.

This was an easy one to predict after August. Haley gets 55% and wins easily.

CorruptionInColumbia October 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

As much as I dislike Sheheen, if he were the only opposition Haley had, and after a coin toss or few, I would probably vote for him. In NO WAY WHATSOEVER, does she deserve a second term.

Sandi Morals October 25, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Don’t matter what a foul mouth fool like you thinks-the election is over.
Read the racist,pornographic and profane posts about Haley on here.
Fits wonders why “NOTHING” stuck to Haley? Hilarious. Fits and Ervin sealed a second term for Haley with the help of perverted leftists and bloggers that frankly scare the voters of SC.

You can’t make this stuff up.Love it.

p.s…when will Fits blame Haley for shooting in Washington state yesterday?…

Elfego October 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Anyone voting for a Democrat is either uninformed and or ignorant!

Low Info Voters October 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

yes, because 20+ years of the “R’s” controlling both the house and senate sure have made things better here in SC!

Seriously, the only way we are going to get good leadership from the “R’s” is for them to believe people might actually hold them accountable and vote for someone else. The brain dead of this state that pull the “R” lever no matter what are a big part of the problem.

The fact that people argue that Sheheen would be worse than Haley given her monumental failures at DSS, DOR, DOT, DEW and the fact that she seems incapable for accepting any responsibility for these failure just proves the low intelligence of the average voter in this state.

Tisha October 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Amen Tom Haley is a snake and deserves to be indicted more so that Harrell was…..

I'll take spicy please October 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Why does Haley’s company look like the food servers over at Bombay Grill?

Bible Thumper October 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Old news. No one other than Ervin has suggested anything illegal.

More interesting is the tens of thousands of dollars Erin and Wife have contributed to Democrats and Sheheen.

guest October 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Yes indeed. Makes sense. Ervin and his wife are both pro-abortion and support state sanctioned gay marriage.

Ervin is taking votes from Sheheen because he is so liberal. Is it true Ervin’s wife , attorney Kathryn Williams, was a Top 20 donor to the SCDP in 2010?

CorruptionInColumbia October 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm


9" October 24, 2014 at 3:49 pm

How come she hugging on a black man? Her smile ain’t for real..

Carolina Black Snake October 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

It’s not a pelvis out hug either. My money says she copping a good feel.

9" October 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I think you’e right.What a slut.

SCBlues October 25, 2014 at 5:11 am

“How come she hugging on a black man? Her smile ain’t for real”
Once you go black you never go back.

sc blues pervert October 25, 2014 at 7:23 am

Up watching porn at 5:00 A.M. ?

SCBlues October 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm

“Up watching porn at 5:00 A.M. ?”
FITSNEWS is no longer considered porn – that all suspiciously ended about the time of the Mace campaign – but thanks for your concern.

CorruptionInColumbia October 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I hope he had his suit dry cleaned after that encounter. Can they get slime out of expensive fabric? Hell, he may have had to burn it.

9" October 25, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Not that kinda slime.He should got to the root doctor,and put a spell on it.

SC Political Digest October 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

WOW…I thought he was going to laud her…

Lil Timmy October 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Lawd, lawd, lawd! I wonder when you’re getting a payng job so the rest of us can read infromation without seeing your stupidity…

FastEddy23 October 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

“‘We won’t pay,’ furious Cameron tells EU over surprise budget” – BY ALASTAIR MACDONALD – BRUSSELS – Oct 24, 2014 …

You folks could get up off of your couches and follow the Brit Leader’s example.

We notice that Mr. Erwin has and is also getting up on his hind hooves and offering to kill your state income tax … which arguably would fix a whole lot of your local economic problems.

Michael J. Stefonick October 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Others in the State House have also lied about their income. It’s appears to be a club. I will cover you if you cover me. Let’s conspire to screw those who do not play our game.

Many Of Us See and Know October 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

They all only run for financial gain. It has nothing to do with wanting to help anyone or cut taxes or what ever other horse manure they might dish out. Look at them all … look at the businesses they are in … Look at how they move campaign money around and use it for personal things. Look at how they vote on where our multi BILLION dollar tax revenue budget goes each year and to whom. Its all just an organized RACKET. And they are taking from us, lining their own pockets with OUR money and lining the pockets of their cohorts in their schemes.

former employee October 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm

The voter needs to demand term limits and recall elections. The corruption begins day one when they are sworn in and increases exponentially every year.
I worked there for 14 years and saw it first hand!
Haley was the final straw, I left. She is so pathological, SHE DOES NOT KNOW THE TRUTH, MUCH LESS SPEAK IT!

CorruptionInColumbia October 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Seems that I recall the Haley’s were near bankruptcy, despite lucrative short-term gigs such as the one at LexMed, when she took office. Now, are they not sitting pretty? At least a lot better than most South Carolinians? I wonder what changed in the last four years, other than the rent-free luxury home and free meals, courtesy of the taxpayers.

guest October 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

“a lot better than most South Carolinians?”
Gosh, Tom Ervin has allegedly spent about $ 5,000,000 $$$$’s out of his alleged “retirement” monies/funds.

I consider myself fairly successful in life and have the privilege of traveling all over this great country. Never met ONE soul with $5,000,000 PLUS (?) in retirement savings. Yeah, Tom is apparently “sitting pretty”.

I also have never met anybody so narcissistic and egotistical to apparently spend millions of their own money with no chance of winning a political election-basically flushing it down the toilet.

Ervin may be a lot of things however I don’t believe him or his wife to be dummies. Wonder what the payoff is for them, if any? :-)

How are they going to recoup that money, or will they?

Oh my!!!!!!!!

Adam October 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Haley is as corrupt as they come. She needs to be voted out November 4th.

SCBlues October 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

“She needs to be voted out November 4th. ”
You are dreaming – it will never happen – this IS South Carolina.

Elfego October 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Tom Ervin can say what he pleases but he has the audacity to Lie in his Ad campaign. The promises he makes he can not possibly do!
If Haley is guilty I hope she goes to jail but Ervin and Sheheen are liars for a fact!

Name October 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Yes you are a liar too. Might has well join “Pathological Liars Anonymous” … you can get help there.

I Am Sick Of The Corruption October 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm

File complaints with the Department of Justice’s criminal division on Washington, D.C. …. Keep Nettles and the locals out of this. We know this kind of stuff goes on in South Carolina. But the only way you can combat it is sending complaints by the dozens directly to DOJ.

swervin ervin October 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I agree. How in fuck do you turn $108,000 into almost $5,000,000 in less than 6 months?

What the fuck?

snickering December 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

I have been doing just that!

Peter October 25, 2014 at 7:09 am

Look Look!!! Photographic evidence of Sheheens Whore statement….

?????? October 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I wonder if this is how she hugged Will, Larry and those lap dancers at the strip club?

snickering October 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Something stuck, “I saw toilet paper on the bottom of her shoe.”

Vote Haley out October 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

This whole Haley and her association with questionable people is how she has gotten where she is. If the Feds font see how corrupt she is and her associates they are nuts.

35TWW October 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I saw the ad and all I could think of was Willy Horton. The ad is about as racist is it could possibly be. It is designed to remind people of Haley’s South Asian heritage.

the self identified idiots October 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm

I bet his church is proud of him. Pro-abortion, supports gay marriage and apparently attacking minorities for political gain in his ads while he and his wife donate money to political candidates and the SCDP whom support the destruction of the unborn and the perversion of traditional marriage.

Maybe Tom can find that “widow ” that just HAPPENED to walk into the law firm (:-) ) and film a sequel to the first ad. The ugly old lady could narrate while Fits finds a bag of cash outside the church ,from Asia, with Haley’s fingerprints on it?

euwe max October 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Racist doesn’t hold water in South Carolina.

euwe max October 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I thought black people were more discriminating.

Riley October 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

COLUMBIA, SC — Caseworkers at South Carolina’s child welfare agency thought they were saving a child’s life.

After a mother and her baby tested positive for cocaine in 2012, the state Department of Social Services implemented a safety plan that required the maternal grandmother to supervise contact between the mother and child at all times.

Months later, however, the grandmother and her boyfriend were charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, according to the agency, after the child died from “accidental smothering.” According to a summary of the case, the boyfriend placed the child behind him on a loveseat while he slept. Emergency responders and officers reported he smelled of alcohol when they arrived.

The grandmother and boyfriend refused to take drug screens when requested after the death, DSS reported.

That case is one of 14 child fatalities related to abuse and neglect posted recently on the DSS website as a result of efforts by the agency to increase transparency with the way it handles such cases.

Testimony before a Senate oversight panel earlier this year about two Richland County child deaths sparked criticism of the agency’s leadership. Former DSS Director Lillian Koller resigned in June following requests by some lawmakers she step down.

The 14 cases recently posted are the first of the child death reports to be made public by DSS.

The summaries, which exclude names, other identifying information and some details of the cases, offer a glimpse inside the tragedies caseworkers encounter with regularity each year.

Sen. Tom Young, an Aiken Republican who chairs a Senate oversight panel that has spent the year looking at DSS, said he has questions for the agency about the seven cases in which there was prior DSS involvement. He said his panel will likely talk to DSS officials about the reports later this year.

Paige Greene, executive director of Richland County CASA, a guardian ad litem service, said the cases are “heartbreaking” and point to the need to nurture and support caseworkers who must repeatedly face such family nightmares.

“These cases are tragedies, but my heart goes out to the workers,” she said.

The cases are all different, with causes of death ranging from physical abuse to drowning to accidental smothering.

Some of the parents have prior DSS involvement. Others do not.

Some cases result in criminal charges. Others do not.

The following are summaries of the reports in which DSS had prior involvement before the child’s death:

• In 2009, a mother picked up her 2-year-old child from a relative and took the child to the hospital because the child was behaving “in a peculiar manner.”

After the child was transferred to another hospital, a drug screen was given and it was determined the child was experiencing drug withdrawal. According to DSS, the child consumed drugs while at the home of a relative. The child and siblings were temporarily placed with family while the mother underwent parenting education. They were eventually returned.

Almost three years later, in June of 2012, the children were involved in a meth lab explosion, according to the report, and one child died. A caller had alleged the children were neglected. They were dirty, had head lice and often found wandering in the neighborhood, playing in the street and begging for food.

The surviving child was placed with the maternal grandmother, who obtained legal custody, according to the report.

• In June 2010, a mother left two small children in an apartment alone and food cooking on the stove caught fire. DSS implemented a safety plan with the parents and provided a referral to the father for domestic violence batterer’s classes.

The family successfully completed treatment goals, according to DSS, and the children remained with the mother.

Two years later, one of the children was killed by a car. A subsequent investigation by DSS found evidence of domestic violence in the home, unsafe and unsanitary conditions and a “substantial risk of physical abuse.”

The children were placed in emergency protective custody, the mother was eventually deported and the children returned to the father.

• In July 2008, DSS reported, the father of several children was arrested for criminal domestic violence. The mother was injured in an altercation in which an 11-month-old was caught in the middle. According to DSS, the mother tested positive for marijuana.

The mother and children subsequently moved out of state. They eventually returned.

In August 2012, an 18-month-old child of the mother died and her live-in boyfriend was arrested for homicide.

According to DSS, the child had a large amount of blood in her head, bruises on her neck and arms and blood behind her eyes.

Interviews of the surviving siblings indicated the mother was told by the children her boyfriend was hurting them, according to DSS. The mother tested positive for marijuana.

The mother was offered parenting classes, substance abuse treatment and counseling, random drug testing and family and individual counseling, according to DSS. Custody of the siblings was returned to the mother.

• In July 2008, a 17-year-old in foster care delivered a baby, according to DSS. Because the agency said the new mom could not provide adequate food, clothing or shelter, the new child was placed into a foster home along with the mother. The child was subsequently adopted.

In August 2012, the mother, who had other children, ran the water in a bathtub with her kids and did not turn it off, then left the room, according to DSS. By the time she returned, an 11-month-old was submerged in the water and was unresponsive, according to DSS.

The surviving sibling was placed with a relative, according to DSS, which decided due to the “severity of the case,” not to offer a plan for reunifying mother and child.

• In August 2009, DSS received allegations that a mother tested positive for a variety of drugs. The mother, DSS reported, was having trouble bonding with the sibling of a deceased child and had nightmares “about biting off the child’s fingers.”

The mother received substance abuse treatment, mental health services and medication. She graduated from a substance abuse treatment program.

“The mother and father successfully demonstrated capacity to protect their children by ensuring all their needs are met,” DSS reported.

In April 2011, the agency received a report that both parents were using bath salts, a synthetic amphetamine, which DSS said causes hallucinations, addiction, delusions, health problems and strange behavior.

The mother believed she and her children had demons, the agency said. She received substance abuse treatment as well as counseling.

The case was still open when a child was found unresponsive and later died. The mother said a chair collapsed on the child.

According to DSS, the father tested positive for drugs and the mother made suicidal statements and said she heard voices.

“Parents have not complied with treatment services,” DSS reported. A sibling of the dead child was placed with maternal grandparents.

• In April 2010, DSS received a report that a mother was neglecting her daughter. An unannounced visit revealed a home in “deplorable condition.”

“The kitchen was not clean, with dirty dishes, molded and spoiled food on countertops, the stove and the floor,” DSS reported. “The bedrooms and bathroom were unsafe and unsanitary. Thee entire home had a foul odor.”

The child was placed in foster care.

Two years later, a 7-month-old child was found dead in the home.

“The home was cluttered and the room where the child and his sibling were sleeping was unsafe for children,” DSS reported. “The deceased child was sleeping in the bed with his parents. The mother and the father suffer from mental health concerns.”

The surviving sibling was placed in foster care and then adopted, according to DSS.

A 98-page report by the Legislative Audit Council earlier this month found that DSS workers have “excessive” caseloads, the agency uses an inadequate system for handling child abuse and neglect cases, and a changed system for reviewing abuse cases has placed children at “greater risk.”

DSS has announced it will be hiring 50 new caseworkers and eight supervisors next month, as well as the hiring of 67 caseworker assistants. The agency also is handing out 10 percent raises to child welfare workers and supervisors to try and increase employee retention.

The announcement of hirings came after members of Young’s panel voted unanimously last month for DSS to create a plan to begin hiring more child welfare workers right away.

Senators asked for the hiring plan because they said some caseworkers around the state were handling cases totaling more than 100 children.

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snickering October 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm


you know me October 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

when y’all get a chance google story pacific valley bank. Seems they are in all kinds of trouble. Shady to say the least.

mark October 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Reeks of money laundering!!!!!

TSIB October 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm

All that lying-about-her-income stuff is water under the bridge, now that Haley’s got her entire family including minor children on the government payroll.


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