Mark Sanford Earned $130,000 as Contributor to Fox News

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By Mary Orndorff Troyan, Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Mark Sanford was paid $130,000 as a contributor to Fox News last year before he became a candidate for Congress, according to his latest personal financial disclosure report filed with the U.S. House.

Sanford won a special election in May to represent the 1st Congressional District. Like all members of Congress, he is required to annually disclose information about his income and assets for the preceding calendar year. Declared candidates for Congress also must file the reports.

Sanford's amended report, released Friday, lists the Fox News salary along with fees he received from sitting on two corporate boards.

Fox News paid Sanford an additional $8,125 in January this year, according to information he disclosed as a candidate in February. Among his Fox News duties was commentary during the Republican National Convention last year in Tampa, Fla.

While he was governor, Sanford used a state plane to facilitate an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina, now his fiancee. Despite the ethics violation, voters returned him to Congress to replace former Rep. Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate.

Sanford reported that in 2012, he was paid almost $39,000 as a member of the board of directors of Coastal Forest Resources, and another $22,600 for the same post at Lending Tree.

Sanford, who left the governor's office in January 2011, also reported income between $100,000 and $265,000 from various real estate and farm-related investments.

The personal financial disclosure forms allow members to report assets and liabilities in broad ranges.

Sanford listed ownership in eight different limited liability corporations and companies, all in real estate or farming, worth between $4.15 million and $17.35 million. He did not list any liabilities.

Members of Congress receive an annual salary of $174,000.

Other members of South Carolina's congressional delegation also reported their personal finances for 2012.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican and former prosecutor, received a solicitor's pension of about $7,100. He also listed a mortgage of between $250,000 and $500,000 with his wife on a home in Spartanburg, and an outstanding loan of between $100,000 and $250,000.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, has multiple real estate assets that generated between $30,000 and $80,000 in rent last year. He reported liabilities, including mortgages, of between $355,000 and $915,000.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land, and his wife reported several stock and bond investments, real estate holdings, and retirement accounts. The most valuable assets were a one-third ownership in a Lancaster tree farm, worth between $500,000 and $1 million, and four assets each worth between $250,000 and $500,000.

Those included an investment fund for Mulvaney's children, a money market account, 3.3 percent ownership in a real estate partnership in Lancaster, and a rental investment property also in Lancaster. He sold rental property in Indian Land in August for between $250,000 and $500,000.

Mulvaney listed a mortgage of between $250,000 and $500,000, and campaign debt from his 2008 state Senate race of between $100,000 and $250,000.

Mulvaney also reported taking three trips last year to events paid for by private organizations. The Club for Growth paid for a trip to Palm Beach, Fla., the Heritage Foundation paid for a trip to Baltimore, Md., and FreedomWorks Foundation paid for a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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