Update: Allegations Dismissed in Haley Ethics Case

The S.C. House Ethics Committee has cleared Gov. Nikki Haley of illegally lobbying charges.

The S.C. House Ethics Committee dismissed charges against Gov. Nikki Haley of illegally lobbying while a member of the House.

After a two-hour executive session Friday, the committee ruled Haley was clear of all seven allegations.

In a statement released Friday, Haley said the "Ethics Committee did its job thoroughly, professionally, and well."

"It’s just a shame that our judicial and legislative bodies have had to waste so much of their time on phony political charges that never had any evidence behind them or any basis in fact," Haley said in the release. "Despite these attempts at political distraction, I’m pleased that our administration continues to stay focused on what matters, bringing in record new job announcements, cutting taxes for small businesses and reforming state government.”

J. Roland Smith, chair of the House Ethics Committee, thanked all parties involved for their efforts to "get to the bottom" of the case. 

"That's what we were after, to be absolutely certain that we've uncovered everything," Smith said. "Will everyone agree with the decision? Obviously not, but it's a decision of the facts that was discovered and brought before this committee."

This is the  by a six-member committee.

The ethics committee had previously dismissed the case, but .

Haley denied that she ever blurred the line between her legislative duties and her work as a fundraiser for Lexington Medical Center Foundation or as a consultant for Wilbur Smith and Associates.

"I did not lobby in any way, whatsoever, for anyone at any time," Haley said during her testimony on Thursday.

In her surprise appearance, Haley lashed out against John Rainey, the Republican activist who filed an ethics lawsuit against her. 

Rainey was subpoenaed by Haley's attorneys but was never called to testify. He was sequestered during the entire hearing.

None of the witnesses who testified Thursday said Haley did any wrongdoing. 


Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a statement from Gov. Nikki Haley. 

Laura June 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Let's start with a clean plate. Just follow a straight path for the people! Keep your mind focused on making SC a better place to live and not how to can profit or gain fame in your position!
Edward L Beaver June 29, 2012 at 06:25 PM
It is painfully obvious that Mr. Rainey could not look upon someone he couldn't control. This fine lady is a blessing and gold star for SC.
Anne Bull June 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Yeah! Now please let our Governor get back to work. She is doing a great job for SC!
Wounded Warrior June 29, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Amen sisters!
Hobby June 30, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Yeah, some still have a problem with Haley being in office, and will continue to try and drag her down no matter what, and no matter how many times... Maybe we can now try getting back to the business of putting people to work, and other real issues.


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