Sanford pays up $74K in ethics fines

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Sanford has paid the largest ethics fine in state history following an investigation launched after he confessed an affair with an Argentine woman.

Officials say Sanford's lawyers delivered a check for $74,000 in fines and $36,000 to cover investigation costs Wednesday.

The Republican governor is accused of breaking 37 laws, including improperly using pricey plane tickets for a trip to Argentina where he saw the mistress he infamously called his soul mate.

The charges were brought after Associated Press investigations into the governor's commercial travel and flights on state planes. Sanford also is accused of improperly reimbursing himself with campaign money.

Sanford is term-limited and will leave office in January.

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