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McMaster Asks Ethics Commission to Review Sanford Use of State Aircraft

August 13, 2009

ADVISORY: McMaster Asks Ethics Commission to Review Sanford Use of State Aircraft

Columbia, S.C. August 13, 2009 – South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster today asked the South Carolina Ethics Commission to investigate allegations involving the use of state aircraft by Governor Mark Sanford and any other potential violations of the State Ethics Act, pursuant to Proviso 89.27.

Section 89.27 provides that violations of the proviso governing the use of state aircraft “is prima facie evidence of a violation of (the State Ethics Act) … and shall subject a state official to the applicable ethics procedure relating to them as provided by law.”

McMaster letter to Ethics Commission Executive Director Herbert Hayden and state proviso 89.27: http://www.scattorne ygeneral.com/newsroom/pdf/2009/mcmasterletter_eth ics.pdf

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“Will the AG be looking into the broader scope of how such abuses of
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to procure such services.  What are the checks and balances regarding
if indeed a problem assumed and or perceived exists?”

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