COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley continued paying campaign staff from her campaign accounts as they took taxpayer-paid jobs with her transition.
Haley campaign aide Marisa Crawford said Monday the $26,000 to campaign staff after the election amounted to bonuses.
The bonus payments include $7,875 to Haley chief of staff Tim Pearson. He was Haley's campaign manager and engineered her come-from-behind GOP primary win. Pearson is being paid a salary of $125,000 a year and was paid up to $18,000 for the 10-week transition.