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SLED To Investigate Bobby Harrell

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration will investigate a complaint filed against one of her political arch-rivals – embattled S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell. According to The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times, Attorney General Alan Wilson has referred an ethics complaint against Harrell to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) –…

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration will investigate a complaint filed against one of her political arch-rivals – embattled S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

According to The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times, Attorney General Alan Wilson has referred an ethics complaint against Harrell to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – which is part of Haley’s cabinet.

“Consistent with our long-standing policy, we are requesting that SLED assign an agent to conduct this inquiry,” deputy Attorney General John McIntosh said in a statement.

Wow … Harrell is set to face a criminal probe conducted by his longtime nemesis? No wonder the jackals are circling at the S.C. State House …

Earlier this week, FITS reported exclusively on the not-so-secret race to replace Harrell as Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives – a contest which is being driven by rumors of multiple investigations into Harrell’s various shady dealings.

Harrell is facing a host of allegations – including the receipt of improper reimbursements, misappropriation and misreporting of campaign funds and influence peddling.

What specific allegations were contained in the report provided to the Attorney General? It’s not immediately clear, although sources close to the office tell FITS the information Wilson’s office was provided “represents (the) bulk but not all evidence turned over to (SLED) by Macintosh.”

In other words there could be dirt on Harrell yet to be publicized … which is good news for those of us who want to see him go down.

Will that happen though? Vote in our poll (and post your thoughts in our comments section) below …

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34 comments

Sarge February 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I was a witness in a mess which SLED investigated. The politician involved was absolutely guilty as all hell. But politics took over and it was brushed under the rug. I didn’t have a dog in the fight, but I certainly learned that SLED investigators can be “swayed” by higher ups.

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Sarge February 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I was a witness in a mess which SLED investigated. The politician involved was absolutely guilty as all hell. But politics took over and it was brushed under the rug. I didn’t have a dog in the fight, but I certainly learned that SLED investigators can be “swayed” by higher ups.

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Really February 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Oh Shit Bobby! The Rabbit got the gun!

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Really February 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Oh Shit Bobby! The Rabbit got the gun!

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The Granite Halls February 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Amen Sarge,
I had a similar situation involving 2 guilty as hell!..It was swep under the rug.
Under Robert Stuart and Mark Keel nothing will happen. Neither will ruffle political feathers.
I also know of a case where they put a poor innocent SOB through 2 years of a witch hunt investigation, with NO evidence, for political reasons!
SLED leadership AIN’t what it use to be!

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Moman50 February 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Im unaware of any time in its history when SLED was anything,other than a political agency,at the whims of whoever was in power at the time.Except for the lboratory and forensic components,it serves no useful purpose.if the investigative function ceased to exist,no one would notice it was gone,except those naive enough tobelieve their “investigation” is really an investigation!

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Same ol' Same ol' February 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Again I say, nothing to see here, move along. You really don’t think all of those “in power” are going to hang the most powerful person in the state out to dry, do you, really?

Back to our lives of quiet desperation. Same ol’ same ol’.

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nitrat February 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

It was never what you think it was. SLED has been corrupt as far back as I can remember the grown-ups talking about it and I’m 61.

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The Granite Halls February 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Amen Sarge,
I had a similar situation involving 2 guilty as hell!..It was swep under the rug.
Under Robert Stuart and Mark Keel nothing will happen. Neither will ruffle political feathers.
I also know of a case where they put a poor innocent SOB through 2 years of a witch hunt investigation, with NO evidence, for political reasons!
SLED leadership AIN’t what it use to be!

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Moman50 February 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Im unaware of any time in its history when SLED was anything,other than a political agency,at the whims of whoever was in power at the time.Except for the lboratory and forensic components,it serves no useful purpose.if the investigative function ceased to exist,no one would notice it was gone,except those naive enough tobelieve their “investigation” is really an investigation!

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Same ol' Same ol' February 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Again I say, nothing to see here, move along. You really don’t think all of those “in power” are going to hang the most powerful person in the state out to dry, do you, really?

Back to our lives of quiet desperation. Same ol’ same ol’.

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nitrat February 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

It was never what you think it was. SLED has been corrupt as far back as I can remember the grown-ups talking about it and I’m 61.

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Michael Weissenfeld February 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I love that “Earlier this week, FITS reported exclusively.” Yeah, the reason you reported it “exclusively” is because half of it was untrue and the other half unverifiable.

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Michael Weissenfeld February 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I love that “Earlier this week, FITS reported exclusively.” Yeah, the reason you reported it “exclusively” is because half of it was untrue and the other half unverifiable.

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SC Ranks High In Corruption February 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Screw SLED and Wilson…….. This whole corruption thing will get covered up. Everybody knows that. Bring in the department of justice. Clean this God dang corrupt state up!!!!!! I am so sick of them all. We have got to bring these rogues to the peoples court to be punished! Wilson thinks he is going to get away with this? NO WAY! Let them all go down with each other. The time has come for the people of this state to throw all of these criminals in prison!!!!!

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SC Ranks High In Corruption February 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Screw SLED and Wilson…….. This whole corruption thing will get covered up. Everybody knows that. Bring in the department of justice. Clean this God dang corrupt state up!!!!!! I am so sick of them all. We have got to bring these rogues to the peoples court to be punished! Wilson thinks he is going to get away with this? NO WAY! Let them all go down with each other. The time has come for the people of this state to throw all of these criminals in prison!!!!!

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Really February 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Keel is a wild card! Harrell is scared shitless!

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Really February 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Keel is a wild card! Harrell is scared shitless!

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dm10ae February 15, 2013 at 5:14 am

I don’t expect anything to come of the investigation, the rug is obviously hiding a mound of corruption, but if even they find anything, the sled agents jobs are in jeopardy.

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dm10ae February 15, 2013 at 4:14 am

I don’t expect anything to come of the investigation, the rug is obviously hiding a mound of corruption, but if even they find anything, the sled agents jobs are in jeopardy.

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Miles February 15, 2013 at 8:41 am

In the scheme of things this Harrell thing is small potatoes. The ongoing looting of the Retirement System (25 billion) and the lax accounting at Health and Human Services (7 billion) are two that come to mind. Both have made immense fortunes for those involved and yet no one ever pays a price. I don’t care about Harrell either way. But come on, get serious, go to the big money first.

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swampland February 18, 2013 at 12:01 am

There is no one more powerful than Harrell in his role as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees a $22 billion state budget. Them ain’t small potatoes.

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Miles February 15, 2013 at 7:41 am

In the scheme of things this Harrell thing is small potatoes. The ongoing looting of the Retirement System (25 billion) and the lax accounting at Health and Human Services (7 billion) are two that come to mind. Both have made immense fortunes for those involved and yet no one ever pays a price. I don’t care about Harrell either way. But come on, get serious, go to the big money first.

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swampland February 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm

There is no one more powerful than Harrell in his role as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees a $22 billion state budget. Them ain’t small potatoes.

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Philip Branton February 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Dear Bobby Harrell………

We find it very interesting that WIl Folks and SLED decide to bring this type of investigation to a head at this time …don’t YOU..!?

Well Bobby….just how will you react…..my friend. How do you counter attack..!? WHere is a weakness in your field of battle to “show” and manipulate..!? Bobby, just how much impact will the BOEING Lithium Ion battery fiasco have on the TAX revenue of our entire state…!?! Bobby, just how much use does the US Military have for Lithium ION batteries in the DOD..!? Does Senator Graham know..!?

Bobby, do you think think that Wil Folks understands how to read this article…!?

http://militarytimes.com/news/2013/02/mil-dn-hagel-filibuster-voter-021413/

Bobby, does this article (and comment….) appear in any of our state publications..!? WHY NOT…..!?!

Bobby………this is the time to lock and load and get down to the Post and Courier and sit with Warren Peper and Brian Hicks and have Wil FOLKS invited too….!!

Bobby….do you care about BOEING PENSIONS….!?!?!

Bobby ….do you care about our nations security and the impact of Senator Grahams lack of “noise” concerning the Benghazi “dominos” and its impact to the PORT of Charleston…!?!

Bobby…..its time for “Operation Fort Sumpta”…!!!!

Bobby….who understand the value of a rail line from Djibouti City to Addis Abbaba more? Nikki Haley, or Senator Graham, or Dubai Ports, or James Clyburn, Chuck Hagel, or Former General Allen, or an OiI Field Worker using Googel Earth in the SUDAN..!?!

Bobby…..how valuable is the RAIL coming out of the North End of the Shipyard to …WHO..!?!

Bobby….its your time……

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Philip Branton February 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Dear Bobby Harrell………

We find it very interesting that WIl Folks and SLED decide to bring this type of investigation to a head at this time …don’t YOU..!?

Well Bobby….just how will you react…..my friend. How do you counter attack..!? WHere is a weakness in your field of battle to “show” and manipulate..!? Bobby, just how much impact will the BOEING Lithium Ion battery fiasco have on the TAX revenue of our entire state…!?! Bobby, just how much use does the US Military have for Lithium ION batteries in the DOD..!? Does Senator Graham know..!?

Bobby, do you think think that Wil Folks understands how to read this article…!?

http://militarytimes.com/news/2013/02/mil-dn-hagel-filibuster-voter-021413/

Bobby, does this article (and comment….) appear in any of our state publications..!? WHY NOT…..!?!

Bobby………this is the time to lock and load and get down to the Post and Courier and sit with Warren Peper and Brian Hicks and have Wil FOLKS invited too….!!

Bobby….do you care about BOEING PENSIONS….!?!?!

Bobby ….do you care about our nations security and the impact of Senator Grahams lack of “noise” concerning the Benghazi “dominos” and its impact to the PORT of Charleston…!?!

Bobby…..its time for “Operation Fort Sumpta”…!!!!

Bobby….who understand the value of a rail line from Djibouti City to Addis Abbaba more? Nikki Haley, or Senator Graham, or Dubai Ports, or James Clyburn, Chuck Hagel, or Former General Allen, or an OiI Field Worker using Googel Earth in the SUDAN..!?!

Bobby…..how valuable is the RAIL coming out of the North End of the Shipyard to …WHO..!?!

Bobby….its your time……

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CWatt February 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

SLED has files on all sorts of misdeeds — check out the folder on Clemson for example — but nothing is ever done. I’m not sure what SLED stands for, but it sure as hell isn’t Law Enforcement. They will do an “investigation” so that someone high up has dirt, but nothing will be done.

When was the last time they actually did anything related to an ethics charge? Seriously — when? They’ll come down on individual low-level citizens like a freakin’ army. But level a charge against a power group and watch nothing happen.

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CorruptionInColumbia February 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

SLED stands for, “Stop, Let’s Eat Donuts”.

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CWatt February 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

SLED has files on all sorts of misdeeds — check out the folder on Clemson for example — but nothing is ever done. I’m not sure what SLED stands for, but it sure as hell isn’t Law Enforcement. They will do an “investigation” so that someone high up has dirt, but nothing will be done.

When was the last time they actually did anything related to an ethics charge? Seriously — when? They’ll come down on individual low-level citizens like a freakin’ army. But level a charge against a power group and watch nothing happen.

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CorruptionInColumbia February 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

SLED stands for, “Stop, Let’s Eat Donuts”.

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jimlewisowb February 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Hey Bobby

By now I’m sure you have read of the indictments of Jesse Jackson Junior.

Looks like a $45,000 Rolex is going to give him a permanent case of bunkoverboygrabyouranklesthisisn’tgoingtohurtmuch.

If JJJ couldn’t sell a fucking watch to the Feds, what are the chances you are going to be able to hide a damn $250,000 turbo prop up your ass.

Har, Har, Har you little son of a bitch cockroach

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jimlewisowb February 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Hey Bobby

By now I’m sure you have read of the indictments of Jesse Jackson Junior.

Looks like a $45,000 Rolex is going to give him a permanent case of bunkoverboygrabyouranklesthisisn’tgoingtohurtmuch.

If JJJ couldn’t sell a fucking watch to the Feds, what are the chances you are going to be able to hide a damn $250,000 turbo prop up your ass.

Har, Har, Har you little son of a bitch cockroach

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CorruptionInColumbia February 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

SLED will sweep this under the rug, same as they did with the Obstruction Of Justice issues when Columbia Fire Dept was punishing a Fire Marshal for doing his job and citing Benedict College for fire code violations and same as they are doing with the Lexington Crime Ring. They have been a pitiful joke for many years, now.

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CorruptionInColumbia February 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

SLED will sweep this under the rug, same as they did with the Obstruction Of Justice issues when Columbia Fire Dept was punishing a Fire Marshal for doing his job and citing Benedict College for fire code violations and same as they are doing with the Lexington Crime Ring. They have been a pitiful joke for many years, now.

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