Gov. Sanford Faces 37 State Ethics Charges, Some Mistress-Related Gov. Sanford Faces 37 State Ethics Charges, Some Mistress-Related Erin Geiger Smith|Nov. 23, 2009, 3:32 PM | 134 |1 It was not just bemused televsion viewers who watched South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's affair-announcing press conference this summer. State ethics investigators were looking on with interest, too. Following his announcement, the state's ethics commission conducted an three-month investigation and announced today that Sanford will face 37 civil ethics charges for violating rules relating to airplane travel and campaign money. He faces a maximum fine of $74,000 -- $2,000 for each count. The AP, via The New York Times, has a full report, but here is a summary of some of the allegations: 18 instances of improperly purchasing airling tickets, including approval of the purchase of four first-and business-class plane tickets for a June 2008 trip to Argentina, where he met his mistress; 9 times of improperly using a state airplane, including flying to a campaign contributor's birthday and to Columbia for a personal event -- including a haircut; and 10 times of improperly reimbursing himself with campaign cash, including for expenses to attend a hunting trip in Dublin, Ireland.