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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is using video of a union leader whacking a piñata with an image of her face as a campaign fundraiser.

The Republican governor's 2014 re-election campaign asked supporters in a mass email sent Wednesday to contribute $50 to $250 to "show big labor we will not stand for their bullying."

The video was shot Saturday after the South Carolina Progressive Network's spring conference and features retiring state AFL-CIO president Donna Dewitt striking the piñata with a bat. People can be heard in the background yelling, "Whack her! ... Hit her again!"

Dewitt said there was no ill intent to the picnic game and stressed the conference was not an AFL-CIO event.

The national union sent out a statement Tuesday calling it an inappropriate joke.

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