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McMaster Pays Ethics Fines

The likely next governor is clearing the decks.

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Zach C. Cohen
Jan. 18, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Henry Mc­Mas­ter (R) “has paid a $5,100 fine to the State Eth­ics Com­mis­sion and is plan­ning this week to re­fund $69,200 in ex­cess cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions to 51 donors from his 2010 gov­ernor bid, his cam­paign at­tor­ney, Butch Bowers,” said Tues­day. “His of­fice also is pay­ing $600 in state eth­ics fines for sub­mit­ting lob­by­ing re­ports late, Mc­Mas­ter’s chief of staff Mark Plowden said.

“Pay­ing off his eth­ics pen­al­ties would give Mc­Mas­ter a clean slate when he is pro­moted upon Gov. Nikki Haley’s ex­pec­ted U.S. Sen­ate con­firm­a­tion as United Na­tions am­bas­sad­or next week.” (Char­le­ston Post & Cour­i­er)

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