South Carolina Lt. Governor Ken Ard (R) has settled his 107 ethics violations with the State Ethics Commission, and agreed to pay a $48,400 fine, cover the cost of the investigation, and reimburse his campaign for $12,121 in illegal expenditures.Read more here.
Among those expenditures, Corey Hutchins of the South Carolina Free Times reports, was Ard's wife's phone bill and more than $3000 at Best Buy for a "Playstation 3, a flat-screen TV, an iPod Touch 8G, and two 3G iPads." Ard initially claimed the purchases were "computer equip" for "campaign and office-related purposes."
"As I said from the beginning, I planned to take full responsibility for any mistakes that I have made, and I have done so today," Ard said, The State reports. "I have consistently strived to be a good steward of every dollar entrusted to me during my time in public service. I look forward to moving past this and continuing my work for the people of South Carolina in the office of lieutenant governor."
Monday, July 04, 2011
South Carolina Lieutenant Governor pays up for embezzling from his campaign
Sigh. Another crooked Republican: