Sen. Robert Ford accused of mishandling campaign funds

Published: Apr. 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Sen. Robert Ford has been accused of using campaign funds for personal use.

The State Senate Ethics Committee stated in a press release that a preliminary investigation into ethics violations by the South Carolina senator found probable cause to support the allegations.

According to a report by the ethics committee, the violations occurred between July 10, 2009 through April 10, 2013.

Allegations include Ford using campaign funds for personal use, misrepresenting expenditure amounts in campaign disclosure reports, failing to report numerous contributions from individuals and failing to report various campaign loans.

Ford was on the Senate floor and did not respond to text messages from The Associated Press or a hand-delivered note seeking an interview outside the chamber.
Senate Democratic spokesman Phil Bailey says Ford has no comment.
The Charleston Democrat has served in the Senate since 1993.
If a majority finds he violated ethics law, options include a public reprimand and a $2,000 fine per violation.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.