Boeing among donors to Haley events

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Manufacturers and energy companies paid more than $250,000 for Gov. Nikki Haley's inaugural events, with Boeing Inc., Duke Energy, Progress Energy and SCANA Corp. among those donating $25,000 each.

In January, Haley promised to make details of the fundraising and spending available. The records give to The Associated Press show at least $530,000 was spent on inaugural events, including a glitzy gala and a dress-down family fun night.

Progress Energy spokesman Mike Hughes said his company gave money as a way of participating in a historic event for the state.

But the donations bring questions from government watchdogs about influence and spending in the face of state budget problems that have cut welfare and Medicaid budgets.

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