S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford failed to report at least thirty-five flights on private planes – air transportation that was provided to him by friends and political allies that he is required to publicly disclose, according to a new report from the Associated Press.
State ethics law requires that South Carolina public officials to document with the State Ethics Commission who is paying for their travel.
This represents the third “plane-related” scandal involving the embattled S.C. governor since he admitted in late June that he had been having an affair with his Argentine lover, Maria Belen Chapur.
Previously, Sanford has come under fire for improper upgrades to first class seats (in violation of state travel guidelines) on state trips and for misusing the state plane for personal and political reasons.