'Dereliction of duty'
Lawmakers pushing for impeachment contend Sanford's secret trip to Argentina left the state leaderless and qualifies as "serious misconduct," making it an impeachable offense.
37 ethics charges
The S.C. Ethics Commission charged Sanford with breaking 37 state ethics laws. The charges, released Monday, allege:
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- 18 instances in which Sanford flew first- or business class - in violation of state law, which requires an urgent reason to use a pricey ticket.
- 10 occasions in which Sanford used almost $3,000 in campaign money to pay for personal expenses, which is barred by state law.
- 9 instances in which Sanford or family members used state aircraft for personal travel, which is barred by law.