For Immediate Release
July 1, 2011

Contact: Amanda Loveday

Harpootlian calls for Ard’s resignation. Free reign for Republican politicians is over.

Columbia, S.C. – Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard was given a fine of less than $50,000 for his more than 100 ethics violations stemming back to using campaign funds for personal expenses, including clothes, food and a trip to the SEC Championship football game in Atlanta.

Today, Corey Hutchins with the Free Times reports that Ard has now been caught in even more lies. First, Ard paid for a trip to D.C. with his campaign funds and told the ethics agency that he met with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. However, Graham was actually in South Carolina during this trip. Secondly, Ard was invited by a USC Board Member to attend the SEC game, but the invitation was rescinded when it was confirmed that USC would face a lobbying violation. Ard then paid close to $500 from his campaign account for a hotel and tickets in Atlanta. He told the ethics agency that he reimbursed his campaign with personal funds, but his January 2010 disclosure report reflects no reimbursement.

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman, Dick Harpootlian, released this statement:

“The South Carolina Republican Party has ushered into Columbia a new era. Instead of conscientious lawmakers, they have brought us an era of lawbreakers. Nikki Haley and her merry band of Republican crooks are reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde and their gang. Ken Ard should resign and slink back to the dark, dank, swamps of the Pee Dee. We now find that he has told lie and lie again only to receive a slap on the wrist from the State Ethics Commission. Governor Haley refuses to call for his resignation because that would be the pot calling the kettle black.”

You can read the full Free Times article here:

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