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Mark Sanford Didn't Use Public Funds For Trysts: SC Official

A South Carolina law enforcement official on Thursday said authorities discovered no misuse of public funds by Gov. Mark Sanford to enable his trysts with his Argentinian mistress.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's top cop says Gov. Mark Sanford did not improperly use state funds for visits with his Argentine mistress.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd said Thursday that Sanford did not break any laws. The governor's spokesman says he does not intend to resign.

South Carolina's attorney general asked police to investigate the governor's travel after Sanford revealed to The Associated Press he had spent time with Maria Belen Chapur more often than
previously disclosed.

In other Sanford news in that falls into the "we aren't surprised" category, Sanford also lost a book deal.

As the AP also reported:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's deal to write a book on fiscal conservatism has been terminated amid revelations about his affair with a woman from Argentina.

Publisher Adrian Zackheim said Thursday that Sentinel had agreed to release Sanford from his contract.

Zackheim called the agreement "a mutual decision." Sanford's spokesman declined to comment.