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W.Va. auditor settles ethics complaint

Jun. 24, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer has settled an ethics complaint stemming from his participation in a Visa online campaign.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Gainer will donate $1,000 for the Charleston Area Medical Center’s Children’s Advocacy Center as part of an agreement with the West Virginia Ethics Commission. The donation will go to the commission and Gainer won’t take a tax benefit for it.

The newspaper says it obtained a copy of the settlement agreement.

The Visa campaign promoted West Virginia’s purchasing card program. Gainer and other state officials appeared in the online videos last summer. Gainer’s office manages the program for state government.

In April, the ethics commission ruled in an advisory opinion that state officials can’t promote programs on a company’s website.

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