SCPC Files Complaint with Attorney General

Earlier today the Policy Council filed a complaint with Attorney General Alan Wilson against House Speaker Bobby Harrell. The Attorney General agrees with us that the House Ethics Committee is too conflicted to handle the case objectively, and says his office will take the matter itself.

For a letter from SCPC President Ashley Landess to the Attorney General summarizing the complaint and thanking him for taking it, click here. For the complaint’s supporting documents, see below.

Exhibit A

Letter from Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr. discussing private business interests.

Exhibit B

Emails from the Board of Pharmacy concerning Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr. and his nephew David Grimm.

Exhibit C

A message on Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr.’s office letterhead to the Board of Pharmacy requesting urgent attention for a license in a private business matter.

Exhibit D

Pharmacy Board emails describing conversations with Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr. concerning licensing.

Exhibit E

Palmetto State Pharmaceuticals officers and employees list.

Exhibit F

Charleston Post and Courier, September 24, 2012 article discussing Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr.’s reimbursements from campaign funds.

Exhibit G

Charleston Post and Courier, October 17, 2012 article discussing Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr.’s reimbursements for flights.

Exhibit H

Judicial Merit Selection Commission Members list showing Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr.’s brother John Davis Harrell as an appointed member.

Exhibit I

The State September 27, 2012 article that discusses Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr.’s lack of reporting or accounting for campaign reimbursements.

Exhibit J

1. Emails sent from Chief Drug Inspector/Administrator, Lee Ann F. Bundrick, containing copies of a letter sent from Speaker of the House Bobby Harell, Jr. to hospitals.

2. The origination of the email chain concerning with remarks from David Grimm and Robert Spires.

Exhibit K

1. Emails documenting requests from Speaker of the House Robert Harrell, Jr.    and the multiple related requests that followed.  Within these emails is seen the internal conflicts that resulted with being asked to make special arrangements for the Speaker.

2. An email chain from Don A. Ray of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association discussing the Speaker’s past attempt to not follow legal standards and expressing a worry that the Speaker may hurt the Association in legislative ways.

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