The State newspaper's government desk looks at some of the charges being lobbed between Republican Nikki Haley and Democrat Vincent Sheheen's gubernatorial campaigns.
Do the accusations hold up to close scrutiny? Judge for yourself.
What Haley says about Sheheen
Fact checking Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley’s TV ad attacking Democrat Vincent Sheheen.
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The claim: Sheheen supports President Obama’s spending and health care plans.
The facts: Sheheen voted for a state budget that includes federal stimulus spending. Sheheen also says he supports some of federal health care reform, opposes some parts of it and is withholding judgment on others.
So is it true?: Yes, although Sheheen says he does not support the entire health care law.
The claim: Sheheen supports a legislative slush fund that wastes money on pet projects.
The facts: Sheheen and Haley are among the lawmakers who requested funding for local projects under the now defunct competitive grants program. That $43 million fund allowed lawmakers to direct funding to their districts. Haley voted numerous times to sustain gubernatorial vetoes that would have ended the fund.
So is it true?: Yes.
The claim: Sheheen has opposed limits on lawsuits
The facts: Ad does not say which reform proposal Sheheen would not support.
So is it true?: Sheheen voted in favor of the last tort reform package that passed the General Assembly. The ad doesn’t say which proposal he did not support.
What Sheheen says about Haley
Fact checking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen’s TV commercial attacking Republican Nikki Haley.
The claim: Haley was handpicked by Gov. Mark Sanford.
The facts: Haley has said Sanford encouraged her to run for governor.
So is it true?: Sanford, a Haley friend, has had no visible role in her campaign
The claim: Haley hid a $42,000 contract she got because of her connections.
The facts: Haley was paid $42,000 in consulting fees by engineering firm Wilbur Smith, which was seeking to do business in Lexington County, which Haley represents in the S.C. House.
So is it true?: Haley was not required by law to disclose her consulting income. She voluntarily disclosed the payments along with her tax returns.
The claim: Haley wants to tax groceries.
The facts: Haley has endorsed a plan to tax groceries, but to also cut taxes elsewhere.
So is it true?: Haley’s grocery tax proposal seeks to either lessen or maintain the overall tax burden.
The claim: Haley has been fined for paying her income taxes late.
The facts: Haley has paid more than $4,000 in fines for failing to file and pay her families income taxes on time.
So is it true?: Yes