COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Emails between the State Ethics Commission and Gov. Nikki Haley's attorney show she agreed to pay a fine and end allegations over donors' missing addresses only after irritated commissioners nearly took an agreement off the table and called a public hearing.
A consent order Haley signed July 15 resolved a complaint filed by a Democratic Party employee two years earlier. She agreed to pay $3,500, reimburse the ethics agency $2,000, and forward money from eight donors, totaling nearly $4,200, to the Children's Trust Fund.
Emails obtained by The State newspaper show that her attorney, Butch Bowers, tried to get the case dismissed or at least resolved without a fine, after the commission found probable case in March, 2012, that violations occurred.
She signed after the commission set a deadline.