COLUMBIA - A South Carolina legislator is moving ahead with a review of Gov. Mark Sanford's spending practices without the blessings of the Senate's leadership.

Republican Sen. David Thomas of Fountain Inn is holding an organizational meeting Friday to begin looking at how Sanford used state money on travel and any taxpayer money connections to his affair with woman in Argentina.

Thomas says he'll use his authority as chairman of the Senate Finance subcommittee that oversees Sanford's budget to conduct his review.

But Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman says that kind of inquiry is premature. He says the media should spend more time uncovering issues with spending.

Thomas's two fellow subcommittee members aren't expected at Friday's meeting.