SC Senate leader: Close caucus spending loophole

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate's top Republican wants an ethics law loophole closed that has allowed GOP and Democratic caucuses to secretly spend more than $3 million since 2008.

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler of Gaffney filed legislation Tuesday to force the political caucuses in the Legislature to follow the same rules state and local political parties follow.

Peeler says he wrote the bill after The Associated Press reported on the loophole and his constituents said more disclosure is needed. Peeler hopes the bill can reach the House before a procedural deadline this week.

Spending by political groups is getting more attention since reports of the Republican National Committee using donated money at a California adult club.

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