The South Carolina Senate Finance Subcommittee will meet next week in Columbia to review the state spending habits of Governor Mark Sanford.
Greenville’s David Thomas chairs the panel that has oversight of the constitutional offices’ budgets. He says, “The issue concerning the governor involves expenditure of funds and whether some of those expenditures were proper or not. The subcommittee then would undertake an examination of that, see what the SLED has done. We don’t have a copy of the report, but we would see what SLED has done, add onto it if necessary. If we think it is complete then we can at least report back to the full committee about the results of our investigation.”
Thomas will be joined by Aiken’s Greg Ryberg, a stalwart Sanford supporter and by Clarendon’s John Land, head of the Democratic Caucus. Thomas himself has often spoken out against the governor on various issues.
He says there is plenty now made public to call the governor’s spending under question, “It is incumbent upon the legislature to look properly where it ought to look to see if there are problems that have arisen that haven’t been explored by the media. This may take a subpoena power on the part of the subcommittee, we’re not going to know til we get into it.”
Thomas says he has already requested records from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
He says the hearing is slated to get underway by Wednesday or Thursday of next week.