South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian continues to call on the state Attorney General Alan Wilson to expand the investigation of Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard’s misuse of campaign funds.
Now Ard is facing new accusations that he may have broken more campaign funding rules. The accusations were reported by the publication Columbia Free Times In a Friday press conference call, Harpootlian says he continues to be perturbed at the lack of action by the Republican state government to discipline, investigate, and possibly prosecute Lt. Governor Ard.
Ard agreed to pay the Ethics Commission more than $60,000 in fines for ethics violations and also had to reimburse his campaign fund an additional $12,000.
Harpootlian says the process is taking too long and he there is no need to employing a task force as the present state attorney general has done. Harpootlian says his worst fear is that the prosecution is being trumped by politics. He says at the root of his frustrations is the fact that he has extensive experience as a prosecutor.
Harpootlian says he sees his role as pushing, urging, and persuading Wilson to expedite the process. Harpootlian says the case has already been laid out for the prosecution as Ard has admitted to misusing campaign funds. He says he is not filing a formal complaint to the State Ethics Comission or the Attorney General; he simply wants the prosecution to do its job.