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Former Sen. Ford again facing ethics allegations

COLUMBIA (AP) — Former Charleston Sen. Robert Ford is defending himself from more allegations that he used campaign donations for personal expenses.

The Senate Ethics Committee has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the latest accusations. The committee found probable cause in January that the Charleston Democrat improperly used campaign money after he resigned last year. His resignation last May came amid hearings over similar allegations and removed the possibility of his colleagues expelling him. That case is still under review at the attorney general’s office.

The latest complaint alleges ethics violations were found in Ford’s campaign disclosure reports due last July and October.

Ford’s lawyer, William Runyon, has blamed the problems on bad bookkeeping by a citizen lawmaker who tried to handle all his accounting and campaign filings without a staff.

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