Sanford not to be charged for campaign finance misuse

Sanford not to be charged for campaign finance misuse

Postby sirlamre » Wed May 12, 2010 9:07 pm

"South Carolina's Attorney General decided last week that the Republican governor will not face criminal charges following an investigation into his travel and campaign expenses, a probe that started after media organizations began examining the governor's financial practices "

Why am I not surprised with this out of a GOP majority Legislature, that they would find "no reason to press charges"

Just like if it were a Dem-controlled House and Senate, they'd find "no reason" to do anything to a Dem governor.

When will the partisan BULLCRAP and PROTECTION SOCIETIES come to an end!!!!

I'd LOVE to see 330 million Americans rise up and DEMAND that their local, State, and Federal governments
have REAL balance in them --

Laws that would force the Governor's office to be of the opposite Party as the majority of the Legislature,
no voting on ANYTHING that would benefit ANY Congressperson -- no self-voted raises, healthcare, etc.

And in the case of ANY criminal charge -- an IMMEDIATE step down from office until cleared,
to be automatically investigated by members of the OPPOSING Party in every case.

Frivolous investigations to be punished by the automatic REMOVAL of the Congresspeople
starting the investigation.
(in other words, if you want to investigate a fellow Congressperson, you'd better be REALLY sure of what you're starting..)

No Congressperson to have ANY kind of a criminal record beyond speeding --
No candidate to have been successfully investigated for any sort of tax/financial/corruption
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Re: Sanford not to be charged for campaign finance misuse

Postby Millennium » Thu May 13, 2010 3:00 pm

The whole story:

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster has cleared Gov. Mark Sanford of any criminal conduct for two trips to South America to meet his Argentine lover and, also, his use of state aircraft, upgraded airfare and campaign money.

The Attorney Generals office conducted a five-month investigation of Sanford, which included new interviews Sanfords staff, Commerce Department officials, a Department of Natural Resources pilot and an attorney with the Republican Governors Association. The investigation followed a South Carolina State Ethics Commission probe that resulted in 37 civil charges against the governor. The Attorney General focused on five areas:

-- Did Sanford's use of business class airfare for foreign trade missions break state law?

-- Did Sanford illegally use campaign funds for personal expenses?

-- Did Sanford illegally fail to disclose use of private airplanes? This is the only new area of investigation from the South Carolina Ethics Commissions scope.

-- Did Sanford illegally use state aircraft for family trips?

-- Did Sanford illegally use state aircraft for non-official business?

McMaster, a Republican candidate for governor, said the "evidence does not support, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the governor knowingly, willfully and intentionally set out to break state law.

"The time has come for our state to put this controversy behind us and move on."

In a written statements, Sanford said that today's decision and past conclusions by House lawmakers and the State Law Enforcement Division have vindicated the governor.

While I've acknowledged repeatedly my own moral failing in this matter, we feel confirmed in our consistent belief that this Administration has always been a stalwart defender of the taxpayer," Sanford wrote. Sanford, attending a Boeing job expansion announcement in North Charleston, said he was committed to moving past "this distraction" and working to bring more jobs to South Carolina and push for restructuring and other reforms.

The Attorney Generals decision likely ends scrutiny of Sanford following his admission last June admission of an extra-martial affair and subsequent review of the two-term, Republican governor's record.

In March, Sanford settled 37 civil charges with the State Ethics Commission related to his use of upgraded airfare, state aircraft and campaign money. Sanford admitted no wrong-doing but agreed to pay $74,000 in fines and an additional $66,233 to reimburse airfare, use of state aircraft and campaign money, the largest ethics fine in state history.

At best, McMaster said, Sanford broke the spirit - but not the letter - of the law in using state aircraft to ferry he and his family to vacations. State law limits state aircraft use to official business, but McMaster said that term is not clearly defined.

"There is insufficient evidence to warrant criminal prosecution," said McMaster. "Anytime Gov. Sanford is within the state he is within his official jurisdiction and arguably representing his office."

McMasters decision to conduct the investigation has been questioned by legal scholars and others who believed his own candidacy for governor represented a conflict of interest. At the time Sanfords affair first broke, McMaster staffers made public comments urging Republicans not to oust the governor and allow Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer to assume the governorship.

McMaster said the law did not allow him to turn the case over to another prosecutor and he was not elected to hand off difficult decisions.

"It is my job as Attorney General to prosecute those cases," McMaster said. McMaster said he would not make any Sanford investigation documents public, a protection offered in all criminal investigations that result in no charges. But McMaster admitted that his office did not interview many of the private plane owner who provided Sanford transportation.

McMasters report also recommended lawmakers clarify a handful of areas of state law. That includes defining which state officials can purchase business class airfare and when; better defining what "personal use" and "ordinary and necessary expenses" of campaign funds includes; and defining "official business" for the use of state aircraft.

He's a slime ball, for sure, but after the investigation was done, why are you for spending more of the taxpayers money trying to prove something that they are already having a hard time proving?.....The money it would take to prosecute this case, is not worth the return. If it were, the Democrats in the South Carolina would be all over it, now wouldn't they?
Save America, IMPEACH OBAMA! And continue tossing out the deadbeat Democrats that are currently in office.
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