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Groups calling for probe into Harrell spending

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

Groups from opposite ends of the political spectrum want the state's top prosecutor to investigate House Speaker Bobby Harrell's, R-District 114, spending.

Representatives from groups including the South Carolina Progressive Network and the libertarian South Carolina Policy Council said Tuesday that Attorney General Alan Wilson should use the State Grand Jury to investigate the powerful Charleston Republican's reimbursements from his campaign account.

Last month, Harrell's spending came under fire after The Post and Courier of Charleston reported he had been vague in reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in reimbursements. Harrell said he did nothing improper, showing The Associated Press documents to back up his assertions.

Wilson's office has turned down an investigation request from John Crangle of Common Cause.

A Harrell spokesman dismissed the request as misleading and politically based.

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