Ethics Panel Charges Sanford With 37 Violations

Civil committee slams SC gov for travel expenses
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2009 2:25 PM CST
FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 13, 2009 South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford listens to remarks during the Budget and Control Board meeting in Columbia, S.C.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)
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(Newser) – South Carolina's ethics commission has hit Mark Sanford with 37 violations for using state funds for inappropriate travel expenses, including a trip to see his Argentine mistress. Besides the governor's South American trysts, Sanford also bought business-class tickets for state travel—South Carolina requires officials to fly cheaply—and, in nine instances, used state aircraft for personal trips. A hearing on the ethics violations will start early next year, the State reports.