SC AG could settle dispute on Haley reimbursements

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A government watchdog group is continuing to ask Gov. Nikki Haley to refund taxpayers for a trip to North Carolina last June, , contrary to the opinion of South Carolina's ethics agency.

Attorney General Alan Wilson was asked to weigh in Wednesday on the matter.

Haley called an agreement she signed Oct. 4 with the state's law enforcement and ethics agencies her latest effort to clear up gray areas of the law. The policy outlines when she must reimburse for her security.

But Common Cause director John Crangle contends taxpayers are still subsidizing Haley's campaign-related trips.

State law bars taxpayer funds from being used for campaign events. But it also requires a security detail for the governor.

Following the agreement, Haley's campaign paid $1,179 for mileage to in-state fundraisers her campaign previously said wasn't necessary.

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