Haley administration won’t release emails
Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration is refusing to release some emails related to an ongoing ethics investigation, something a media attorney says is an abuse of the law.
The (Charleston) Post and Courier sought all the administration’s emails relating to an ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation concerning whether Haley illegally lobbied while a state representative from Lexington County.
Haley’s attorney said the requested documents are exempt from disclosure because they represent the work product of a legal counsel.
But media attorney Jay Bender said the attorney-client privilege likely only applies to the governor herself, not her staff. He calls it another example of a public body overreaching to hide records that should be public.
House Ethics has scheduled a public hearing in Haley’s case June 28.
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Brown joining opposition research firm
Outgoing state Rep. Boyd Brown, D-Fairfield, has joined a Texas-based firm that does opposition research.
Brown, who last month was elected to the Democratic National Committee from South Carolina, is not seeking re-election to the House seat he has held since 2008. He will become the vice president for business development for Stanford Campaigns, whose clients have included former Democratic S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges.
Opposition research firms look into the background of candidates running for political office, hoping to find information that undermines their candidacy.
“I’m leaving the Legislature, but I’m staying in politics,” Brown said in a news release. “Cutting my political teeth in South Carolina, I have a clear understanding that politics is a blood sport. I look forward to going from the guy who brought the gun to the knife fight to the guy supplying the ammo. I’m still going to keep politicians honest. Now, it’ll just be my livelihood.”
Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest week of this week, as released Monday by her staff, is:
Today, 11 a.m. – Speak at the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Mills House Hotel, Charleston
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – Participate in a celebration of Nexans, Berkeley County Council Chambers, Moncks Corner
Friday, 10 a.m. – Participate in a grand opening celebration for Bluestar Silicones’ new manufacturing facility, York
Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Give keynote speech at the 2012 Republican Party of Virginia’s convention gala, Richmond, Va.
What the governor did last week
According to her office, Gov. Haley’s activities last week included:
12 – Media events, including seven TV interviews and three hurricane preparedness press conferences, in Conway, North Charleston and Beaufort
5 – Calls concerning state agencies
2 – Ceremonial activities, a bill signing and a presentation of the Order of the Palmetto
1 each – Legislative meeting, and call to a member of the state’s congressional delegation
Busiest days – Tuesday with eight activities, including seven TV interviews
Slowest day – Monday, with no activities
Of note – Gov. Haley had one activity over the weekend, a newspaper interview on Saturday