SC Ethics Asks Wilson To Return $200 in Donations

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The State Ethics Commission says South Carolina's attorney general needs to refund $200 to a lobbyist for donations to his 2010 campaign.

Commission attorney Cathy Hazelwood said she sent letters Thursday to Attorney General Alan Wilson and former state Rep. Joyce Hearn, who gave $150 to his campaign in November 2009 and $50 in March 2010. State law bars statewide officers from taking money from lobbyists, and Hearn was a registered lobbyist for the South Carolina Credit Union League.

Wilson's campaign has 10 days to fix the problem. His consultant, Richard Quinn, said Friday the campaign was unaware Hearn was a lobbyist then.

Last March, Wilson's campaign corrected his filings after its review found $134,000 in previously unreported donations and expenses. His campaign chairman attributed them to human error.

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