SC gov racks up $17,000 grocery bill in 10 weeks

SC gov racks up $17,000 grocery bill in 10 weeks

Gov. Nikki Haley

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 5:12 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's first family spent more than $17,000 on groceries at the governor's mansion in their first 10 weeks of residency.

The State of Columbia reported Saturday that the tab for food, entertainment and other operating expenses at the mansion was less than that for Gov. Nikki Haley's predecessor, Mark Sanford. Sanford and his family, which included four young boys, spent more than $28,000 during the same time period in 2003.

The governor's office would not say how much was spent on entertaining and how much was for Haley, her husband, Michael, and their two children, 12-year-old Rena and 9-year-old Nalin.

More than $3,200 in beer, wine and liquor served at the mansion was donated by a local distributor keeping with the tradition of not using public money for alcohol.

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