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SC Lieutenant Governor faces 92 state ethics charges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Lieutenant Governor says he will cooperate with an investigation by the State Ethics Commission that has him facing dozens of civil charges.

Ard said Wednesday night that he will answer any questions the commission has. He says he will take responsibility for any mistakes he may have made and look to correct them.

The statement came hours after the commission announced it found probable cause to charge the Republican with 92 counts of using campaign money for personal purposes and failing to disclose campaign spending.

The charges could bring up to $184,000 in civil fines.

Ard's campaign spending has been questioned for months. It includes $3,000 spent at a Florence Best Buy store and $800 at a women's apparel store.

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