COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Governor Nikki Haley's campaign has reimbursed taxpayers $7,600 for out-of-state fundraisers over the last fiscal year, as per an agreement with agencies that provide her security detail.
Campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey says checks were mailed to three separate agencies last month.
They covered agents' costs for nine private fundraisers during trips to California, Florida, New York, Texas, Ohio and Michigan.
State law bars taxpayer funds from being used for campaign events.
Haley's campaign agreed in 2011 to reimburse on a yearly basis.
Meanwhile, there was discussion Wednesday that the governor might owe taxpayers more money.
Haley used a state vehicle on June 27th to attend an event in Greensboro, North Carolina, sponsored by the Renew North Carolina Foundation, which supports North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.
During the trip, the State Law Enforcement Division agent driving Haley crashed into a concrete pole in the roadway.
There were no injuries, but there was $4,300 damage to the state-owned SUV.
Governor's campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey says reimbursement to the state is planned for that trip because it was not a fundraiser for Haley and she was not technically a candidate yet – she officially announced this week.
But State Ethics Commission Deputy Director Cathy Hazelwood wasn't convinced.
Haley's political adviser Tim Pearson and political fundraiser Marissa Crawford were riding with the governor in that SUV.
And filings with the Commission show that Haley raised $36,500 from North Carolina-based donors during the dates of the Greensboro event.
Hazelwood said it appeared proper reimbursement for use of the state vehicle would be required.
However, State Ethics Director Herb Hayden told The State newspaper that even though people donated to Haley's campaign while she was in North Carolina, that did not make her trip a campaign event.
Hayden says a trip is not necessarily campaign-related just because someone contributes toward a campaign.