Watchdog group: Let law enforcement lead speaker probe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The director of a government watchdog group has asked the House Ethics Committee to let law enforcement address questions on House Speaker Bobby Harrell's campaign spending.

John Crangle of Common Cause told the committee's chairman Monday he intends to file a complaint next month.

Harrell has repeatedly said he's done nothing wrong.

A news report last week raised accusations that Harrell couldn't account for hundreds of thousands of dollars withdrawn from his campaign since 2008. The report pointed to generic descriptions Harrell gave on campaign filings to explain his reimbursements.

Harrell says he's following state ethics law requiring a "brief description" of expenses.

He says his records back up his withdrawals. He showed The AP documents to back up his assertions. He did not allow copies.