S.C. Gov. Sanford pays to make ethics fines go away
March 18, 2010
(ChattahBox) – This is going to be a lot cheaper than his divorce. South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford will pay $74,000 to settle ethics charges related to his use of campaign spending and travel, according to the Associated Press. Sanford basically bought his way out of breaking 37 state travel and ethics laws, stemming from a report produced by South Carolina investigators following the governor’s admission to an affair with his Argentine mistress.
Under the agreement Sanford made with the state’s Ethics Commission on Thursday, he will not have to admit guilt to any of the charges. Scrutiny of Sanford’s travel started over the summer, when the then-married governor vanished for five days after telling some staff he was going hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Sanford was previously able to escape impeachment after toothless state legislators in January fell short of the required votes after months of threatening to remove the governor.
A judge also finalized Gov. Sanford’s divorce from his wife, Jenny, today ending their 20-year marriage. The couple have four children. Jenny Sanford has moved with her sons to their beachfront home along the South Carolina coast.