Democrats criticize Gov Haley for state plane use

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. (File / WRDW-TV)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Senators want to sell South Carolina's two taxpayer-funded planes.

The Senate voted 26-14 on Thursday to insert their sale in the chamber's 2013-14 budget plan. A previous amendment called for a study to determine whether it would be cheaper to use charter or commercial flights.

But Sen. Darrell Jackson argued for skipping the study.

The vote came after Democrats accused Gov. Nikki Haley of misusing the state's planes by taking her campaign-paid videographer with her on flights. Zach Pippin accompanied Haley over 17 days in the last year.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says there's nothing illegal about Pippin accompanying Haley to official functions. The state Ethics Commission attorney confirms that.

Godfrey says Pippin films and posts video so taxpayers can see what Haley is doing and hear what she says.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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