Gov. Sanford pays $74K fine to settle ethics charges
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has agreed to pay $74,000 to settle charges that he violated state ethics laws. Governor Sanford denies that he did anything wrong, but says he'll pay the fine because he wants to "move on." The Republican governor is accused of breaking 37 state ethics laws in his use of the state plane and purchase of first-class plane tickets for official business. The South Carolina State Ethics Commission began looking into Sanford's travel after the Governor admitted visiting his mistress while on a state trip to Argentina in the summer of 2008. Last summer, Sanford returned from a mysterious five-day disappearance to confess the affair. A panel of South Carolina lawmakers also reviewed the ethics charges against Sanford and determined they did not warrant impeachment. This is Governor Sanford's final year in office, because of term limits.