South Carolina's Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigns
By: Lauren Rodgers
COLUMBIA, South Carolina: Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned this morning. According to the Associated Press, Ard wrote a letter to Senate leaders and Gov. Nikki Haley apologizing for his misconduct and acknowledging "it was his responsibility to make sure the money was spent correctly."
In July 2011, we reported that Ard was under investigation. The South Carolina Ethics Commission began reviewing his post-election spending in February 2011. When the investigation concluded, he was cited with 107 ethics violations. He settled with the commission in July by paying a hefty fine, covering the cost of the investigation and reimbursing his campaign for over $12,121 in unauthorized expenditures, but the commission's report also noted that Ard misled investigators about purchases made with campaign funds on more than one occasion.
At the time, Ard rebuked criticism, arguing "I have consistently strived to be a good steward of every dollar entrusted to me during my time in public service. I look forward to moving past this and continuing my work for the people of South Carolina in the office of Lieutenant Governor." It seems, though, that this is one obstacle he won't be able to move past.
- Ken Ard
- Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
- South Carolina Lieutenant Governor's campaign spending under review
- Washington Post, "SC's lieutenant governor resigns amend criminal probe of campaign spending for personal items," Friday March 9, 2012
- WIS News 10, "Ethics commission reviewing Lt. Gov's post-election spending," Feb 2, 2011
- Talking Points Memo, "SC Attorney General may investigate Lt. Gov who spent campaign cash on a PlayStation," July 8, 2011
- The Island Packet, "Criminal inquiry justified in Ard's ethics violations," July 7, 2011
- WLTX.com, "Democrats call for Lt. Gov. Ken Ard to resign," July 6, 2011