The Washington Times - November 24, 2009, 02:09PM

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina is facing 37 counts of ethics violations from the state’s ethics committee for using state money to fund personal trips and purchase flight upgrades.

From The New York Times:


“The charges include spending state money on business-class plane tickets, instead of flying coach; using state aircraft to attend political and personal events, like the birthday party of a campaign donor; and using his campaign fund for noncampaign expenses, like a ticket to President Obama’s inauguration.

“The list, citing incidents from September 2005 to April 2009, provides the first details of the accusations that the Ethics Commission will pursue after a wide-ranging review of Mr. Sanford’s travel and financial records. The commission’s nine members are appointed by the governor.”

In June, Gov. Sanford found himself the punch line in late night talk show banter, after he took an unannounced week long trip to Argentina unbeknownst to the public. He later admitted to visiting a woman with whom he was having an affair.  He faces a separate impeachment resolution in the state legislature, as he may have violated state ethics laws for travel and campaign finances.

South Carolina bloggers comment:

Wolfe Reports: View long list of charges against Sanford.

S.C. Politics Today: Subcommittee to discuss impeachment.

“A subcommittee of House lawmakers will hold their first meeting 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the possible impeachment of Gov. Mark Sanford.”

FITS News: “Impeachment Deck” Stacked In Sanford’s Favor.

“S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford will find a receptive audience of state lawmakers when a resolution calling for his impeachment is heard before a House subcommittee on Tuesday afternoon, sources tell FITS.

“The governor – who is facing a separate 37-count ethics complaint – enjoys the support of a majority of the committee members, which will take up an impeachment resolution sponsored by S.C. Rep. Greg Delleney.”

Voting Under the Influence: Oh Henry!

“As South Carolina’s Attorney General, McMaster has the duty of prosecuting Sanford’s wrongdoings or turning over such to a special prosecutor.

“Prosecuting Sanford on his wrongdoings could alienate important people who might otherwise support McMaster for the office of Governor. Turning over such duties to someone else might make McMaster look weak.”

FITS News: Want the scoop? Call Sanford yourself.

“Since S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s communications staff has apparently decided to start screening phone calls and hanging up on reporters whose only crime was attempting to bring you governor’s side of the story, it’s become pretty much impossible for us here at FITS to do our jobs.

“In fact, after several months of receiving the “silent treatment” from Sanford’s press office (an office our founding editor helped build, incidentally) the only solution we can see to the communications quagmire is to simply encourage our readers to call the governor himself.”

The diSCust: Daily satire.

“Responding to the release of the 37 ethics charges released by the South Carolina Ethics Commission on Monday, Governor Mark Sanford wasted no time in answering the charges. 

“’Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to individually address the charges that have been leveled against me, so without further ado… no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, maybe but I don’t think so, no, no, no, no, and no,’ said Sanford in a prepared statement late on Monday. He concluded the statement saying “and as for the other charges… no, no, no, hell no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and no.”

FITS News: Sanford’s “friendly fire.”

“Disgraced S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is aggressively recruiting candidates to run in Republican primaries against the GOP sponsors of an impeachment resolution against him, sources tell FITS.”

Voting Under the Influence: Sanford mess continues.

The Politics of Jamie Sanderson: Let’s take a good ook at this Sanford mess, shall we?

The Politics of Jamie Sanderson: To S.C. Dems: Leave Sanford where he is.