Federal Politics

Published — January 20, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

S.C. governor got $62,500 from Romney-affiliated PACs

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reacts at right after Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, gets the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" for her during a rally at his campaign headquarters in Charleston, S.C. Charles Dharapak/AP

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a key supporter of Mitt Romney, received $62,500 in campaign contributions since 2008 from state and federal political committees set up by supporters of Mitt Romney, records show.

Funds came from so-called “leadership PACs” in five different states and the nation’s capital. By spreading the funds around, Romney’s supporters were able to give far more than the state limit of $3,500 per election.

The contributions came from “Free & Strong America” leadership PACs, run by Romney supporters, a Center for Public Integrity analysis of campaign finance records found.

Leadership PACs are separate from campaign committees and are established by “candidate sponsors” to help other candidates win elections. Presidential candidates have used these PACs to contribute money to elected officials in order to gain clout and possibly win endorsements.

Such PACs basically acts as subsidiary campaign committees, said Tara Malloy of the Campaign Legal Center.

Haley endorsed Romney in December. While some have said her endorsement won’t make a difference to Romney’s campaign, Candice Nelson, the director of American University’s Campaign Management Institute, said gaining support in the Tea Party, which favors the governor — a group he has struggled to win over — can’t hurt.

“Nikki Haley was important to Romney,” Nelson said. “What she brings to the table is a more conservative point of view and the support of the Tea Party members.”

Romney largely skipped over South Carolina in 2008, ceding it to winner Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who came in a close second. South Carolina’s significant population of evangelical voters has not looked on the Mormon candidate favorably in the past.

Romney is favored to win the state’s primary contest Saturday, though his lead has slipped in recent days.

Newt Gingrich’s “American Solutions” leadership PAC gave $3,500 to Haley. “America’s Foundation,” Rick Santorum’s leadership PAC, also gave Haley $3,500 as well as $3,500 to another Republican gubernatorial candidate, Gresham Barrett, in 2010, campaign finance records show.

Leadership PACs are barred from spending money directly on the sponsor-candidate’s campaign, but lax spending rules mean leadership PAC money can be spent on everything from supporting other candidates to travel and fine dining to hiring family members as staff.

“It can be used basically as a slush fund for the candidate,” Malloy said. “There’s almost no restrictions on its use whatsoever.”

Haley’s office declined to comment for this story. The Romney campaign did not return a call.

Anne Farris Rosen contributed to this report.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.