- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The House Ethics Committee fined Rep. Harold Mitchell, D-Spartanburg, $16,100 and ordered him to reimburse his campaign nearly $7,500. State law allows fines of up to $2,000 for each violation of ethics law. The following is a breakdown of what Mitchell must pay, as per the committee’s findings and order issued Thursday:

-$1,000 fine for failing to keep records. He didn’t have receipts, cancelled checks or other proof of payment for 16 expenses.

-$1,000 fine for making cash withdrawals over $100 from a campaign account, which the law prohibits, 17 times.

-$1,000 fine for using cash 34 times to pay expenses over $25. State law allows candidates to keep a petty cash fund of up to $100 which can pay only small expenses that don’t exceed $25.

-$1,000 for failing to report or inaccurately reporting expenses and donations on his campaign filings 49 times. He has since corrected his filings.

-$1,000 for taking out cash while depositing checks four times.

-$2,100 total, or $100 fine for each of 21 expenses that were deemed unrelated to his campaign or office.

-$5,000 total, or $500 fine for 10 expenses.

-$4,000 total, or $2,000 maximum fine for twice using donations to pay personal expenses: a personal loan payment and medication.

-$7,387.90 to reimburse his campaign account for those non-campaign expenses above.

Source: SC House Ethics Committee

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