Sanford Will Pay $74K Fine to End SC Ethics Case Governor also will shell out $66K for other expenses By Will McCahill, Newser Staff Posted Mar 18, 2010 9:34 PM CDT 4 comments Comments South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is seen in a 2009 file photo. (AP Photo) (Newser) – Without admitting any guilt, Gov. Mark Sanford agreed today to pay a $74,000 fine to end South Carolina’s ethics case against him. The state’s ethics panel began its investigation after Sanford’s affair with a woman in Argentina was revealed last June; the Republican will also pay more than $66,000 to cover costs of that probe, plus pay South Carolina back for various travel costs, the State reports.