AG sends complaint against Speaker Bobby Harrell to SLED

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's attorney general has forwarded a complaint against House Speaker Bobby Harrell to state law enforcement.

Attorney General Alan Wilson on Thursday received a complaint from the president of the South Carolina Policy Council alleging Harrell violated state ethics laws. He forwarded the complaint to State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel.

Wilson asked Keel to assign an agent to investigate the matter. He says Policy Council president Ashley Landess brought to his attention possible conflicts of interest with any review by the House Ethics Committee.

Harrell calls it a baseless attack driven by a personal and political vendetta. Landess says her long-time criticism isn't personal.

Under state law, House and Senate panels handle complaints against their own members. Wilson had previously declined to take a complaint directly.