S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell has been caught red-handed committing a host of major ethics violations – habitually abusing his campaign account (and Palmetto State taxpayers) for personal gain.
Yet like S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who was also caught red-handed committing a host of major ethics violations – Harrell doesn’t seem to be in any real danger of ever being held accountable for his actions.
To wit: It’s been seven-and-a-half months since S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson forwarded a complaint regarding Harrell to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). That’s right … SLED has had the Harrell case file since February, people. And nothing has happened …
The laundry list of (known) Harrell corruption is extensive. For starters he reimbursed himself more than $325,000 from his campaign account for dubious flight-related expenses (Harrell is a pilot). In fact he has effectively admitted his guilt by returning $23,000 of these reimbursements – although a proper accounting of his flight-related costs would require him to reimburse tens of thousands more.
Harrell also stands accused of applying improper pressure on the S.C. Pharmacy Board and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR) on behalf of his pharmaceutical business – using his official letterhead, no less.
Oh, and his political action committee is also under scrutiny for allegedly misappropriating and misreporting funds – including an effort to force taxpayers to pay hundreds of millions of dollars on an unnecessary transportation project.
This website has already called on Harrell to step down – not only because of the allegations against him, but because of how he has chosen to respond to them. First he has lied and refused to release his records. He’s also assassinated the character of one of the reporters investigating him – strong-arming her newspaper into backing down by allegedly threatening to withhold an annual $12 million bribe given by the S.C. General Assembly to the newspaper industry.
That’s the behavior of a guilty man, if you ask us …
But despite all of this, SLED continues to sit on the Harrell probe … month after month after month …
Nikki Haley received a public whitewash of her offenses thanks to Harrell’s cronies in the S.C. House. Now Harrell’s corruption appears to be going gently into that goodnight … thanks to Haley’s “law enforcement” agency.
Hopefully we’re wrong. Hopefully SLED is diligently documenting Harrell’s offenses and making the case for an indictment.
But we’re not holding our breath … and nor should you.
This is South Carolina, people, where it’s always “a great day for corruption.”