Sanford Didn't Use State Money for Trips: Cops

Inquiry finds he broke no laws, as governor says he won't resign
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2009 2:26 PM CDT
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – South Carolina authorities say philandering Governor Mark Sanford did not use state funds to visit his Argentine mistress or break any laws, the State reports. “The man has been open with us,” said the director of the State Law Enforcement Division after an investigation. "We have found no improper use of public funds."

Sanford has reimbursed the state $3,300 for a South American business trip in which he met with the woman. But the trip overall was a legitimate one, and what Sanford did after hours has no bearing on that, said the SLED chief. Sanford, meanwhile, issued a statement today saying he has no plans to resign, despite rising calls for him to do just that.