Alan Wilson Returns Donations from Bobby Harrell

7:11 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Attorney General Alan Wilson's campaign has returned $7,000 in contributions associated with House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Wilson's former campaign chair, Thad Westbrook, says the money was returned in the mail earlier this week.

According to Westbrook, Speaker Harrell gave a $3,500 contribution which allowed him and his wife to be listed as sponsors for Wilson's inaugural ball. He says the Palmetto Leadership Council, associated with Harrell, also donated $3,500 that was returned. Westbrook says the event was a campaign function and did not have a separate account.

The Harrell contribution was not reported on public disclosure reports, Westbrook says, due to a clerical error. He says the campaign used clerical staff and volunteers in planning the ball
Westbrook says at 10 to 15 other donors were not reported as well, but the campaign is working to submit an amended report in the next few days.

Wilson referred information given to his office about Speaker Harrell to SLED last week asking for an investigator to be assigned to the case.

South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley Landess submitted information questioning Harrell's ethics to Wilson's office saying the House ethics process had too many conflicts of interest.

SLED has not responded to News19's inquiries into if a criminal investigation has been officially launched regarding Speaker Harrell.

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