South Carolina attorney general reviewing Harrell ethics probe

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division into ethics complaints against Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell is now being reviewed by the state's attorney general, according to Harrell's spokesman.

The report was passed on to Attorney General Alan Wilson on Friday, according to the associated press.

The complaint that sparked the investigation was filed by Ashley Landess of the South Carolina Policy Council.

Landess is accusing Harrell of using his political influence to get a permit for his pharmaceutical business.

She also accused him of nepotism by appointing his brother to a committee that screens judicial candidates. Harrell is also accused of using his campaign funds to pay for some of his travel expenses and not having the proper receipts.

In the past, Harrell has called the complaints against him an attack driven by a personal and political vendetta.

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