South Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard faces 92 State Ethics Commission charges for improperly spending more than $25,000 from his campaign fund.
In a meeting Wednesday, the agency said it would charge the Republican with 69 counts of converting campaign money for personal use and 23 counts of failing to disclose spending. It did not say what the punishment could be, but said details would be released in the coming days.
Ethics Commission Director Herb Hayden released the letter, saying there would be no further comment now. Ard’s lawyer, Butch Bowers, has not returned SCRN requests for comment.
Campaign law states no public official may use campaign funds “to defray personal expenses which are unrelated to the campaign.” However, it makes an exception for “an expenditure used to defray any ordinary expenses incurred in connection with an individual’s duties as a holder of elective office.”