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Ethics panel checking SC lieutenant gov spending

Feb 1, 2011 3:59:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina's top ethics regulator said Tuesday he has questions about campaign money spent by Lt. Gov. Ken Ard.

"I am aware that there are several expenditures listed on Mr. Ard's report which need further clarification, and I will be sending him a letter asking for more information," state Ethics Commission director Herb Hayden said in an e-mail. "That will go out as soon as I have had an opportunity to fully review his report."

Ard took office last month and filed a campaign finance report that shows he has spent $24,832 since the Nov. 2 election, including $1,174 for meals.

"We've not had any correspondence from the ethics department or commission, once we do, we will be 100 percent cooperative," Ard told The Associated Press. "We will cooperate in that process 100 percent."

A weekly newspaper, The Free Times of Columbia, was first to report questions about Ard's spending in an article published online Monday.

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