South Carolina’s gop Lt. Governor Resigns In Disgrace Ahead Of Grand Jury Indictments On Ethics Violations UPDATE: INDICTMENTS FILED Plea Deal Expected Today – UPDATE 2: gop Pleads Guilty To 7 Counts #177
Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigns; McConnell to replace him
Lt. Gov. Ken Ard, facing indictment by a state Grand Jury for ethics violations, has resigned — handing the office to state Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, and the post of Senate president pro tempore.
The resignation comes after a nine month investigation by a state Grand Jury into ethics violations, including allegations Ard used campaign money to buy personal items, including iPads, clothes, football tickets and a TV. Attorney General Alan Wilson and SLED Chief Mark Keel have a news conference scheduled for this afternoon.
Ard orchestrated bogus campaign contributions, Attorney General says
The state grand jury has indicted Lt. Gov. Ken Ard on seven counts of violating the state’s ethics act by using phantom campaign contributions.
The indictment, issued today, said he funneled $75,000 from his campaign to others and utimately back to himself as “proported contributions from citizens.”
State Attorney General Alan Wilson and State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel announced the indictment during a 1 p.m. news conference.