SC House speaker reimbursed himself $70K for unidentified expenses

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

Bobby Harrell’s reimbursement from his campaign account for use of his private plane wasn’t the only questionable payment to himself in recent years, a review by The Nerve has found.

An analysis by The Nerve of the Charleston Republican’s campaign-expenditure forms filed with the State Ethics Commission covering 2008 through March of this year found that in 2012, Harrell reimbursed himself a total of $70,283 for what appears to be wages paid to an unidentified administrative assistant and other unknown staff for unspecified services.

Harrell, the House speaker since 2005, made eight payments for that purpose to himself, mostly in monthly amounts of $3,976. His single-largest reimbursement was $36,733 on Feb. 10, 2012, for “administrative & clerical staff,” followed by another individual reimbursement of $11,930 on April 20, 2012, for an “admin assistant,” records show.

at The Nerve.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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