SC lieutenant gov faces 92 state ethics charges

AP News
Posted: Mar 16, 2011 10:37 PM

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard faces 92 state ethics charges alleging he used campaign money for personal purposes and failed to disclose campaign spending.

The State Ethics Commission on Wednesday said it would release details of the charges in the next few days.

The ethics agency said it found probable cause to bring charges on 69 counts of converting campaign money to personal use. It also found probable cause for 23 counts of failing to disclose spending.

Ard said he planned to cooperate with the commission "to resolve any issues they might have."

He says if he's made errors, he will take responsibility for them and correct them.

The commission had already asked Ard to explain nearly $25,000 in campaign spending, including $3,000 at a Florence Best Buy store.