Ethics board to consider complaint against Lt. Gov. McMaster

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The State Ethics Commission could resolve a complaint against Republican Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster that accuses him of taking nearly $70,000 in illegal campaign donations after his 2010 loss.

McMaster’s case is on the agenda Wednesday for the state agency’s governing board.

The allegations involve McMaster’s unsuccessful run for governor in 2010. Under state law, a candidate for statewide office can accept a maximum of $3,500 from one donor per election cycle.

He’s accused of taking 51 over-the-limit contributions to help retire his campaign debt after losing the primary.

McMaster’s attorney, Butch Bowers, has argued that donors who had already given McMaster money could still contribute up to $3,500 more because his debt retirement effort represented a separate, post-election cycle.

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