COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The director of South Carolina's ethics agency tells The Associated Press that Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign should have been reimbursing taxpayers for mileage in state vehicles to her campaign events.
Haley campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said last week the campaign began logging mileage to fundraising events when she publicly declared her re-election bid. It had previously reimbursed only for additional costs incurred by her security detail during out-of-state fundraisers.
Godfrey said the decision followed discussions with state law enforcement regarding "decades-old precedent" for governors.
Ethics director Herb Hayden said Wednesday that opinions from the ethics commission in 1990 and 1991 clearly advise all officeholders with supplied vehicles to track campaign mileage and pay for it.
Haley attorney Butch Bowers plans to seek a new opinion that gives the governor an exception.