How Democrats and a weekly paper led to the downfall of S.C. Lt. Gov. Ken Ard

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With a disgraced Republican Lt. Gov. Ken Ard now out of office, the Charleston City Paper has paused to take a look at how the thread of campaign fund misuse came to be. 

It's no shocker that Democrats were the first to spot that something was off with Ard's fundraising, but it's more surprising to learn that The State and The Post and Courier did little or nothing with the tip and that it was a reporter for the free weekly Columbia Free Times that had to largely break it.