S.C. Blogger Forces Nikki Haley’s hand on IRS Investigation

As shared here Friday, South Carolina’s glitzy Gov. Nikki Haley was possibly facing an indictment soon.

An indictment on tax fraud just may be in Haley’s future. Logan Smith of the Palmetto Public Record lays it out.

A highly ranked federal official has also privately confirmed rumblings of an investigation and possible indictment of the governor, though the official was not aware of the specific timeframe.

Yesterday, Palmetto Public Record exclusively reported that the Internal Revenue Service has been investigating since March of 2011 the Sikh worship center run by Gov. Haley’s father. At least five lawsuits have been filed against the Sikh Society of South Carolina since 2010, alleging that the group bilked contractors out of nearly $130,000 for the construction of a new temple.

Gov. Haley is reported to have managed the temple’s finances as late as 2003, and our sources believe any indictment would center on what happened to the missing money.

But today, there’s a different tune.

… just two days after the report stoked the rumor mill, an IRS letter released by the governor’s office showed that not only had no federal investigation gotten off the ground before the IRS pulled the plug on its initial inquiry into the society’s finances, but also that the matter had been resolved in fall 2011.

And Haley had plenty to say, too.

“It’s incredibly frustrating when unaccountable bloggers will take money to smear trash about somebody, and the mainstream media will pick it up and run with it,” Haley said.

No, Nikki. What’s frustrating is having a party queen for a governor. Even more, I don’t get paid for writing facts.I have been “smearing trash” as you call it for years. What’s true is the lack of leadership you’ve provided this state. You’ve gutted public education, partied across the country and overseas, raised campaign funds in New York when you neglected the ports in our state and have just turned out to be a flop – even by teabaggers’ standard. Ouch.

I applaud “unaccountable bloggers” like Logan Smith for holding unaccountable politicians like you accountable. Look who had to issue a report to counter the wave of news. You.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Right? I guess we will see.

“I don’t want to get in a war of words,” Smith said. “I’m just asking questions and she can call me all the names that she wants, but that doesn’t make these questions invalid. The fact that three reputable sources would tell me that they expected something to happen, that says quite a bit about the trust that South Carolina has in its governor.”

Yes, the questions are not invalid. Including me, hardly anyone asks them. And when we do, we rarely get answers.

Funny how this one did.


  • http://twitter.com/maggiemae0412 Patricia Finley

    I don’t know who wrote this article – but they deserve a round of applause – great article!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSLXRYUTH72RSHW7AC7NDDJXK4 billr

    Well, Dayum. I’m disappointed, I was looking forward to watching her splat face down.

  • reyderom

    Never envisioned good old boys getting electorally trounced by a sikh girl,specially raat chair in South Cadelanda

  • addalled

    Yes it’s HER fault that you posted false information. I totally understand.

  • Robyn Ryan

    Sounds just like her GOP clone here in Louisiana.

  • Robyn Ryan

    Sounds just like her GOP clone here in Louisiana.