South Carolina’s Lt. Governor Ken Ard has until Feb. 15 to answer state Ethics Commission questions about his campaign spending after the November 2010 election.
The Commission’s Executive Director Herb Hayden says he sent a letter to new Lt. Gov. Ard, seeking answers to questions of post-election spending on items such as office supplies, computers, items at a women’s store. After questions by Columbia’s Free Times newspaper, Ethics Commission attorney Cathy Hazelwood brought this spending to Hayden’s attention. Hayden’s letter to Lt. Gov. Ard
Hayden says this is not an investigation, but he is “seeking clarification.”
“It’s a review of his campaign disclosure to determine whether or not those specific expenditures are in compliance with the law,” says Hayden.
Ard contributed to his own campaign fund, but he cannot purchase personal, non-campaign related items with that money. Hayden says that Ard can reimburse himself now, but there is a limit to what he can recoup.