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November 24, 2013

BUZZ: Gov. Nikki Haley’s foundation raised $411,000 last year

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Gov. Nikki Haley gave her charitable foundation $225,000 – a little more than half of the total it raised in its most recent fiscal year, according to a new nonprofit filing.

Haley contributed $205,595 left over from her 2011 inaugural events to The Original Six Foundation, according to the nonprofit’s Internal Revenue Service filing. Haley promised to give the leftover money to the community-building foundation when she started it that same year.

The governor also donated $20,000 personally to the foundation, according to The Original Six’s latest IRS filing, which covers July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. Haley previously had contributed $100,000 to the foundation, money that came from the first advance payment for her autobiography, “Can’t Is Not an Option.”

Haley has promised to give the foundation her $550,000 advance from the autobiography, after deducting taxes and expenses.

The Original Six Foundation, which has sponsored job, education and health fairs in seven counties with the state’s highest unemployment rates, had $307,285 on hand as of June 30 – up by more than $250,000 from the year before. Haley, the foundation’s chairwoman, attends the fairs and mingles with parents, retirees and children.

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