State Auditor Glen Gainer will donate $1,000 as part of an agreement settling a complaint with the West Virginia Ethics Commission.
The complaint stems from Gainer's participation in an online promotional video for credit card company Visa.
"I am aware that the Ethics Act prohibits the use of public office from my own private gain or the gain of others and I have, in fact, attended ethics training on numerous occasions," Gainer states in the agreement.
Gainer and the ethics commission reached the "conciliation agreement" June 6, following an investigation by the commission. The $1,000 will go to the Charleston Area Medical Center for the Children's Advocacy Center, according to a copy of the conciliation agreement obtained by the Daily Mail.
The amount of the donation comes from "the time spent by (Gainer) and his staff in the filming of the video, and estimated cost of producing a local promotional video."
"The organization was chosen to further (Gainer's) desire to help children," the agreement states.
Gainer asks in the agreement that the money be treated as an anonymous donation, he won't take a tax benefit for the donation and confirmation of the donation will go to the commission.
Although at no point does Gainer state he violated any ethics laws, his statements in the agreement come in the "conciliation of violation" section of the document.
No case is the same, but Ethics Commission Executive Director Joan Parker said donations to well-known charities are common in settlement agreements.
"When you settle, obviously each side gives up something, and in the Gainer case there wasn't any allegation of financial gain to him, so that's one of the things the commission takes into consideration," Parker said.
Gainer came under fire in February following an article in the Charleston Gazette highlighting his participation in a video made with Visa in 2012.