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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The IRS Is Not Investigating SC Gov. Nikki Haley

Nikki_HaleyFollowing up on Friday's post, Report: DOJ to Indict SC Gov. Nikki Haley on Tax Fraud Charges:  Governor Haley's office obtained this letter from the IRS.

The Palmetto Public Record, the source of the original story, issued this curious response:

We're glad the IRS stated today that they apparently found nothing untoward regarding the temple's finances, and we're glad (as Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says) the lengthy chapter regarding Gov. Haley's involvement seems to be closed. Since no normal person would have been able to get the IRS to send them such a letter within a day of these questions hitting the blogosphere, and since the IRS certainly didn't answer our phone calls, the only way to get an answer to our questions was by taking them to the public. ... [T]he IRS certainly sent Gov. Haley's chief of staff a letter quickly regarding a situation from which she claims to be so distant. ...

As journalists, all we can do is ask questions, and tell you what we see and hear. We're glad the latest IRS letter answers some of our questions, but it definitely doesn't answer all of them -- and it may create a few more once the chips are finished falling. Until these questions (and many other outstanding ethics questions regarding the way the governor's office operates) are answered, you can bet we'll continue to ask them.

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The Palmetto Public Record, the source of the original story, issued this curious response...

A curious response from a curious periodical:

January 4, 2012 COLUMBIA, SC — A new website focusing on South Carolina policy and politics launched today at, according to the blog’s editor, Logan Smith. Palmetto Public Record goes beyond inflated political rhetoric and “he-said/she-said” journalism, and seeks to add a balanced voice to South Carolina’s conservatively-dominated political dialogue.
“In South Carolina’s increasingly extreme political climate, a noticeable void exists in the blogosphere,” said Smith. “Palmetto Public Record will fill that void through fair analysis of political and policy news that directly affects the Palmetto State.”
I'm curious about who funds the Palmetto Public Record.

Posted by: gs | Apr 1, 2012 7:23:41 AM

Dig deep, and you'll likely find George Soros money behind this.

Wait, wait! Let's do it their way. It is certain that George Soros money is behind this misinformation. If that is incorrect, then they'll have to prove it. We have to ask the questions, you know.

Posted by: Woody | Apr 1, 2012 10:28:20 AM

South Carolina politics is a blood sport. Recall that during her campaign she was accused of having an extramarital affair with a staffer, a charge later proved to be without merit.

BTW, the Temple's alledged violation was a short note in its newsletter, wherein Nikki's family thanked other members for their support.

Posted by: tuphat | Apr 2, 2012 4:33:31 AM