Alan Wilson returns contributions affiliated with Bobby Harrell - - Columbia, South Carolina

Alan Wilson returns contributions affiliated with Bobby Harrell

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After his office requested SLED investigate the state Speaker of the House, Attorney General Alan Wilson is returning $7,000 worth of contributions affiliated with Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Wilson's campaign committee says one of those contributions for $3,500 came from the Palmetto Leadership Council, a PAC connected to the Speaker.

The second $3,500 contribution, according to the committee, was a personal contribution from Harrell to sponsor an inaugural ball in Wilson's honor.

"As to past contributions my campaign has received from the Palmetto Leadership Council and/or Bobby Harrell personally, the Attorney General's Office is in no way conflicted in our responsibility to uphold the law.  However, appearance does matter.  Therefore, I have instructed my campaign to refund both contributions.  I am doing this in an abundance of caution to avoid even the slightest appearance or impression that this office could be compromised in any way."

It turns out at least one of two contributions from Harrell for Wilson's inaugural party in 2011 did not show up on his campaign disclosure report.

Wilson's campaign manager, Thad Westbrook, told Columbia's Free Times that was a clerical error, Westbrook also says a more extensive review of the report indicates at least a dozen contributions were not included.

As for a potential SLED investigation, the South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley Landess alleges Harrell committed ethics violations.

Harrell has called the allegations a "baseless attack that is driven by personal and political vendetta."

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