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)