Sanford Flew to Hair Cut, Kids' Games on State Dime
Gov racked up $400K in travel, some illegal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2009 1:24 AM CDT
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford talks to the Associated Press in his Columbia, SC, Statehouse office.    (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, file)
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(Newser) – Mark Sanford has repeatedly violated South Carolina law by using state aircraft for personal trips, an AP investigation has found. Records reveal that the philandering governor has used state planes to travel to dental appointments, his children's sporting events, and political party gatherings. One one occasion, Sanford used a state aircraft to travel to Columbia from the coast when the only appointment he had was at his hair salon.

Sanford, whose air travel has cost the state close to $400,000 since he took office, regularly took his wife and four children with him on state aircraft. South Carolina law states that "all aircraft owned or operated by agencies of the state government shall be used only for official business." Sanford could face civil or criminal penalties if he is found to have misused state resources.