(CNN) - An ethics committee in South Carolina on Friday cleared Republican Governor Nikki Haley of ethics violations.
The first term governor was fighting accusations that dated back to her time as a state representative, alleging that she used her state seat to illegally lobby for former employers and to coerce donations for a foundation.
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Clerk for the South Carolina House of Representatives Charles Reid said the 6 member house ethics committee charged with investigating the allegations heard testimony for 12 hours on Thursday, lasting well into the night. Governor Haley testified on her own behalf.
The committee includes five Republicans and one Democrat.
Reid said the committee reconvened Friday morning and deliberated for approximately two hours before reaching its decision to clear Haley on all four charges. He said the decision was unanimous on all counts but one: failing to properly disclose employment. That vote, said Reid was 5 to 1 in favor of Haley. The dissenting member was state Representative Laurie Funderburk, the Democrat.
The committee previously dismissed the matter after an initial investigation in March before reopening them, according to reports from the Charleston Post and Currier.
In a statement released by the Governor's office, Haley said "The Ethics Committee did its job thoroughly, professionally, and well. It's just a shame that our judicial and legislative bodies have had to waste so much of their time on phony political charges that never had any evidence behind them or any basis in fact. Despite these attempts at political distraction, I'm pleased that our administration continues to stay focused on what matters, bringing in record new job announcements, cutting taxes for small businesses and reforming state government."
The past year, Haley has campaigned on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate.