A legislative panel is asking for more employment documents from Gov. Nikki Haley to confirm she did not violate state ethics laws while a House member.
House Ethics Committee chairman Roland Smith, R-Aiken, confirmed Wednesday that a committee staff member had asked for tax records and other documents detailing the consulting work that Haley did for Wilbur Smith Associates, a Midlands engineering firm that has done work for the state.
On May 18, the Ethics Committee requested W-2s and other documents that detailed Haleys work as a fundraiser for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.
The staffer subsequently asked for the information about Wilbur Smith.
Haley has until noon Friday to turn the documents over to the committee.
Ive told (my) lawyers to turn over everything, Haley said Wednesday, adding the inquiry is a waste of time that will turn up no wrongdoing.
Haleys office released to the media an affidavit from Robert Ferrell, vice president of the successor firm to Wilbur Smith, swearing Haley worked as a consultant primarily for private sector business opportunities and potential county business opportunities for the company.
In the affidavit, Ferrell also swears Haley, paid $42,500 as a consultant by Wilbur Smith, was not retained to do any consulting work on state projects and never worked as a lobbyist for the firm.
A resolution pending before the House Ethics Committee raises questions about whether Haley illegally lobbied and exploited her elected office to benefit Lexington Medical and Wilbur Smith.
Haley has said the charges are false.
The House Ethics Committee cleared Haley of the charges earlier this month. But, after criticism from some House members, the committee subsequently asked for additional documents to back up its decision.