Gov. Sanford Faces 37 State Ethics Charges, Some Mistress-Related

It was not just bemused televsion viewers who watched South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair-announcing press conference this summer. 

State ethics investigators were looking on with interest, too.

Following his announcement, the state’s ethics commission conducted an three-month investigation and announced today that Sanford will face 37 civil ethics charges for violating rules relating to aeroplane travel and campaign money. 

He faces a maximum fine of $74,000 — $2,000 for each count.

The AP, via The New York Times, has a full report, but here is a summary of some of the allegations:

  • 18 instances of improperly purchasing airling tickets, including approval of the purchase of four first-and business-class plane tickets for a June 2008 trip to Argentina, where he met his mistress;
  • 9 times of improperly using a state aeroplane, including flying to a campaign contributor’s birthday and to Columbia for a personal event — including a haircut; and
  • 10 times of improperly reimbursing himself with campaign cash, including for expenses to attend a hunting trip in Dublin, Ireland.

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