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S.C. governor faces 37 charges he broke state ethics laws

By Jim Davenport
Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces ethics charges he broke state laws more than three dozen times by violating rules on airplane travel and campaign money, according to details of the allegations released Monday.

The civil charges, which carry a maximum $74,000 in fines, stem from a three-month investigation by the state ethics commission and could be pivotal in a push by some lawmakers to remove him from office. The state attorney general is deciding whether the governor would face any criminal charges.

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All of you who keep BASHING THE REPUBLICANS, the DEMOCRATS have been in CONTROL got the PAST THREE YEARS. YES, THATS RIGHT DO YOUR HOMEOWRK, WHEN BUSH WAS PRESIDENT. NACY (BOTOX) PELOSI WAS SPEAKER, and THE DEMS CONTROLLED THE CONGRESS. SO WHEN YOU KEEP BASHING BUSH what youa re doing is actually BASHING THE VERY ONES YOU IDOLIZE. AND YES THANK GOODNESS FOR OBAMA, he has surely brought sunshine and roses to the white house, WE ARE NOW OUT OF THE RECESSION, MILLIONS ARE BACK TO WORK, and FORECLOSURES ARE AT AND END. OUR TROOPS ARE COMING HOME, OBAMA ENDED THE WARS, and EVERYONE IS DANCING AROUND SINGING KUM BI YA. You people are surely day dreaming or maybe your ust having some wishful thinking. WE ARE TRILLIONS IN DEBT, and DON'T BLAME BUSH THE DEMS HAVE HAD CONTROL FOR 3 years. BOY WHAT A WAKE UP CALL.

Posted by: itscc721 | November 24, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Just like Reagan said, the 11th commandant is never let any republican say or do anything to another republican regardless of what he has said or done. Would I ever vote for one of these people, NO NO No

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 24, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

jrhorer8:

We disagree about everything you posted (except "on topic" re: ousting Gov. Sanford).

Posted by: JakeD | November 24, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for the leadership that the Obama White House has shown to keep us out of a total financial collapse. If the republican party had gained the presidency the collapse of the financial industry worldwide would have crippled business and led to a depression that would have dwarfed earlier versions. Not to mention all the illegal campaign funds siphoned from big business that wound its way through the party to smear campaigns all over the country. And the false and empty rhetoric that the republicans claimed to be bi partisan when clearly lying. Mark Sanford is just a product of this trail of deceit and dirty political practices that would rather see the country fail because a Democrat is in charge than work together to make this a better country! Oust him now!

Posted by: jrhorer8 | November 24, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Annie, you're comparing apples and oranges!
President Clinton went through the legal process just as Govenor Sanford is now. The number of people having affairs isn't relevant to this issue, albeit inappropriate behavior. Misappropriation of funds is too big a subject for most of us and you need to supply sources if you're going to start on that. The Gov. could probably stop some of this by simply resigning.

Posted by: JD538 | November 24, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Mark Sanford is being used as a scapegoat for political reasons.
How strange that we allowed a President to remain in office after an affair with a mistress in the Whitehouse.
Stranger yet is monies Mr. O used during his campaign that was proven to be illegal.
Yet, when it comes to misuse of money; we know that Mr. Obama used a portion of the stimulus package and HAMP to pad the pockets of undeserving lenders, servicers and Acorn.
The entire Obama Administration up to this point have misused, misappropriated and continue to do so with taxpayers monies!
But, for 74,000 - some politicians want to oust this man, tar and feather him as a public example.
Double standards has definitely raised its ugly head again - if in fact Sanford misused campaign money then he needs to pay it back.
How many politicians in Washington are having extra marital affairs?
Our country is in recession, people without jobs, families without homes and dirty politics receives headline news.

Posted by: annie21 | November 24, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

At least he is not like REPUBLICAN Senator Larry Craig who enjoys gay sex with strange men in public bathrooms. SICKO!

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | November 24, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Sanford should resign.

Posted by: JakeD | November 23, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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