COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard's brother, Sammy, wasn't very happy when he found out that a WIS reporter was at his Florence County business on Thursday asking questions about the 2010 campaign.
The state grand jury met Tuesday and Wednesday, listening to dozens of witnesses in the criminal investigation into how Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard raised money for his 2010 bid for the office.
Ard's brother, Sammy Ard, testified before the grand jury Wednesday. Sammy owns AA Body Builders in Florence County. The business builds truck bodies in Pamplico, SC. Ethics filings show that Ard gave his brother's Lt. Governor's campaign a $3,500 contribution on June 28, 2009.
The grand jury also listened to testimony from AA Body Builder's office manager, Cheryl Poston-Crites. Poston-Crites gave the Ard campaign $3,500 on July 2, 2009, according to campaign records.
We went to Ard's business Thursday to find out why the grand jury called him, and what he knew of his brother's fund raising. Neither would talk about their testimony Thursday. Poston-Crites told WIS, "I'm not answering your questions." Poston-Crites then called Sammy Ard to the business. When Sammy Ard arrived, he confronted WIS reporter Jody Barr about his presence on the street in front of the business.
Witnesses who testified before the grand jury also told WIS about a mother and daughter in Florence County who each gave Ard's campaign $7,000. Witnesses said the women were the center of State Law Enforcement Division agent's, as well as the Attorney General's office's questionings.
A WIS investigation shows inaccuracies in the information contained in Ard's ethics records, dealing with these two contributors. We'll have a full report on our investigation tonight at 6.