[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/25/art.nikki.youtube.jpg caption="Nikki Haley's campaign has experienced an increase in donations."](CNN) - South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley received a much-needed fundraising boost Monday after a blogger claimed to have had "an inappropriate physical relationship" with the Republican, her campaign told CNN.
"Nikki had more online donations yesterday than any other single day of the race," a Haley adviser told CNN. "The public knows an unfair personal attack when it sees one."
The adviser would not offer details on how much Haley has raised.
Regardless, any cash infusion is good news for Haley, who has trailed her three GOP rivals in fundraising for the duration of the campaign and just started airing two statewide television ads.
Haley has few staff, and has relied on outside groups and endorsements from national conservative figures like Sarah Palin to earn media exposure.
The allegation of the affair, made Monday by South Carolina conservative blogger and political consultant Will Folks, led to national headlines and threatened to derail Haley's campaign. But it also rallied conservative activists to Haley's defense.
Palin urged her Facebook followers to dismiss the accusation and Erick Erickson, the editor of RedState.com and a CNN contributor, told his readers to donate to Haley's campaign. On Tuesday afternoon, Erickson started an online "moneybomb" to help "combat the sleazy smears" against Haley.
Haley's opponents for the GOP gubernatorial nomination are Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, Attorney General Henry McMaster and Rep. Gresham Barrett.
On Tuesday, Haley's campaign said the candidate is determined to stay focused on the "issues that truly matter" in the gubernatorial race.
"For the past year now, South Carolinians have been subjected to much more frenzied media sensationalism than they ever wanted," campaign manager Tim Pearson said. "Nikki is determined not to contribute to that. She addressed these allegations forthrightly yesterday, not only in her initial statement, but also in both the Greenville Chamber of Commerce debate and at a media availability with reporters."