Embattled Republican Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard is facing new accusations that he may have broken more campaign funding rules.
The Columbia Free Times newspaper is reporting discrepancies in Ard’s fundraising. The paper said it has found a former campaign worker improperly listed as donating to Ard. The staffer, who asked not to be identified, says she never gave the lieutenant governor $2,000 that is reported on his list of contributors.
She said she was told there would be an in-kind contribution in her name. In-kind contributions are made when a person gives goods or services instead of money. However, the paper reports that the woman’s name shows up as donating more than $2,000, which does not fall under “in-kind” donations.
Ard successfully ran for the office in the November elections. He began his term in January.
The state Ethics Commission says, if the accusations are true, they are concerned. Democrats, meanwhile, are continuing their calls on Ard to resign. South Carolina party chairman Dick Harpootlian said the state Attorney General should investigate, “When they say ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire,’ well, there is a towering inferno.”
The Attorney General’s Office is already investigating Ard on accusations that he lied to state ethics investigators earlier this year about separate violations.