Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster has been ordered to repay $73,000 in excessive campaign contributions collected after his loss in the 2010 governor’s race.
Media outlets report the South Carolina Ethics Commission on Wednesday also fined McMaster $5,100.
McMaster’s attorney said during a hearing last September that while McMaster violated the law, he did so unintentionally.
A candidate for statewide office may accept $3,500 per donor per election cycle. But the complaint alleged McMaster received contributions above $3,500 from 51 donors.
McMaster’s attorney had contended that retiring the campaign debt constituted a separate election cycle. The commission ruled it did not and there is nothing ambiguous about the law.
The original complaint was filed almost two years ago by a Greenville resident who contributed $3,500 to a past McMaster election opponent.