AAA  Jul. 17, 2017 10:57 AM ET
Ethics director: Lt. gov. can fundraise for nonexistent race
The State
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(AP) — The director of South Carolina's ethics agency says Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant can continue raising money for a nonexistent race.

The Republican lieutenant governor has collected more than $100,000 since January toward a 2018 bid for a full term. But voters won't separately elect the next lieutenant governor. Starting next year, gubernatorial candidates will pick their running mates.

State Ethics Commission director Steve Hamm tells The State newspaper that Bryant can legally raise money for the job despite the change. He says the state definition of a candidate includes someone who's seeking an appointment.

Bryant's fundraising includes about $60,000 transferred from his state Senate campaign account. He stepped into the lieutenant governor's role after Nikki Haley was confirmed as United Nations ambassador and Henry McMaster became governor.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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