Governor denies inflating earnings

COLUMBIA --- First, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's past job as a hospital fundraiser brought questions about donations from companies tied to her legislative work. Then, she faced questions about a stormy departure after a former boss claimed she didn't show up for work.

On Wednesday, the Republican tried to explain why she appears to have boasted of a six-figure income in her application for the hospital job, earnings far less than what she reported on her income tax forms. The application stated she was making $125,000 a year with her parents' clothing business and asking for the same amount of pay from the job at Lexington Medical Center.

Haley said she never filled out the document.

"I had no input on that form. I did not sit in front of the computer and fill it out online. I did not sign it. And never did I mention the number 125 to the hospital or to anyone else, because that's not an accurate number," she said.

Inflating one's salary on a job application is not illegal, but one Democrat seized on the report to assail Haley.

"Who is sneaking around doing this?" asked state Sen. Brad Hutto, of Orangeburg.

"There's a pattern here of not getting it quite right," he said. "All we're saying is come forward now and tell us what really happened; what the real truth of this is. Somebody listed $125,000 down as your salary. It doesn't make any sense it would be anyone else but you."

Haley and tax forms she has previously made available make it clear she never earned near six figures at her parents' business, Exotica. In 2007, the year on the application, tax records show she was paid $22,000.

Haley left the hospital job last year, telling reporters she wanted to concentrate full time on the campaign. E-mails between Haley and her bosses later showed friction over the amount of time she was working and an ensuing severance deal paid her $35,000. Administrators promised not to say anything to embarrass her or question her integrity.

Haley said she had nothing to do with the salary information on the application, in part because she had already been told she had the job at a $110,000 salary. She also insinuated a hospital official must have filled out the paperwork, something the medical center questioned.

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BLUECOLLARBULLY
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BLUECOLLARBULLY 03/16/11 - 02:34 pm
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Sure, Nikki what ever you

Sure, Nikki what ever you say.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 03/16/11 - 03:04 pm
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LETS just Watch and see

LETS just Watch and see EXACTLY how Ms. Haley improves the state of SC. Hopefully she will improve it and NOT make it worse. Sounds like she has her hands full, the way Sanford left it in the Deep RED Color. See if she can balance a budget.

OhWell
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OhWell 03/16/11 - 03:13 pm
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She is going to have a hard

She is going to have a hard time balancing the budget. Read Haley replaces USC biz school namesake, she has removed Mrs. Moore who contributed 70 Million to USC and 10 million to Clemson with a campaign donor to get a fresh approach on things. She better learn "old money" spends real well and stays around to continue giving.

noils
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noils 03/16/11 - 03:41 pm
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Why does everybody lie about

Why does everybody lie about poor Nikki including the two Republicans who claimed to have an affair with her?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/16/11 - 04:47 pm
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It's a conspiracy.

It's a conspiracy.

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 03/16/11 - 04:58 pm
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Kind of makes one wonder

Kind of makes one wonder about past allegations, doesn't it? noils, you may be on to something.

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ednacushman 03/16/11 - 05:51 pm
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RCV, ‘Sounds like she has her

RCV, ‘Sounds like she has her hands full, the way Sanford left it in the Deep RED Color.’
Sanford did try to keep SC from digging the hole deeper but thanks too both the repubs and dumos plus his Viagra problem he could stop them.

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ednacushman 03/16/11 - 05:53 pm
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NOILS, ‘Why does everybody

NOILS, ‘Why does everybody lie about poor Nikki including the two Republicans who claimed to have an affair with her?’
While she might not be the best choice she is FAR better than another community organizer supporter.

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PalmettoPartisan 03/17/11 - 07:43 am
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Another accusation, yet

Another accusation, yet unfounded.
Democrats don't like Nikki.
Unions don't like Nikki.
Status Quo beaurocrats don't like Nikki.
Big surprise.
I mean, just think about it for a minute. How did something this ridiculous and obscure even come to light, anyway? It's because some of these aforementioned groups have folks that do nothing else but try to dig-up anything they can, from anywhere they can, that might discredit the new Republican Governor. And then they supply their questionable findings to Columbia's "The State" newspaper, which is arguably one of the most liberal newspapers in the South, ranked just behind the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Just more ugly politics, and I expect even more to be hurled on a frequent basis from these people, because that's what they do. But once again, no pictures, no proof. Only more hollow accusations...

corgimom
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corgimom 03/17/11 - 08:54 am
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Ugly politics? How many

Ugly politics? How many people do you know that go from making $22,000 per year to $110,000 per year?

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 03/17/11 - 11:41 am
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Give her a chance until she

Give her a chance until she calls in saying she’s gone “Hiking on the Appalachian trail” ha ahha

corgimom
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corgimom 03/17/11 - 01:51 pm
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"How did something this

"How did something this ridiculous and obscure even come to light, anyway?"

Oh, I don't know, because candidates release their tax returns to the public while running for office, and she couldn't because she hadn't filed for several years, which is a Federal crime?

So then she had to catch up, and then it all came to light?

Obscure? Um, no.

OhWell
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OhWell 03/17/11 - 04:12 pm
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I am a republican and I don't

I am a republican and I don't trust Nikki.

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Riverman1 03/17/11 - 04:28 pm
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OhWell said, "I am a

OhWell said, "I am a republican and I don't trust Nikki."

I wonder if after reading this important proclamation if she will do something to make OhWell trust her more?

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usapatriot 03/18/11 - 01:57 am
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you could replace Nikki's

you could replace Nikki's name with Michele Obama in this article. Oh, but wait. Michele's a liberal. Can't ask anything about that.

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