AG reviewing Harrell ethics probe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's attorney general is reviewing a state police report on ethics allegations against Speaker Bobby Harrell.

"I'm glad the report is over at the AG's office. I'm looking forward to having all of this behind us," said Harrell in a statement Monday afternoon.

Spokesman Mark Powell said Monday that Attorney General Alan Wilson received a "voluminous" report from the State Law Enforcement Division on Friday.

In February, South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley Landess filed a complaint alleging Harrell used his office to boost his finances by using influence to get a permit for his pharmaceutical business.

The Policy Council also took issue with Harrell appointing his brother to a committee that screens judicial candidates and picks the top three for each seat that the Legislature gets to choose from.

Harrell called the complaint a baseless attack driven by a "personal and political vendetta."

Harrell spokesman Greg Foster said Monday he had not seen the report.

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