House Ethics panel to consider Rep. Mitchell's case
COLUMBIA - A House panel is considering ethics allegations against Rep. Harold Mitchell.
The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday will consider the accusations and his explanations. The Spartanburg Democrat told his colleagues last month that he kept poor records and did not properly pay his bills.
Mitchell said he did not use his campaign account for personal benefit.
Allegations include that he illegally withdrew cash, did not have required receipts, did not report donations, paid for non-campaign items, and misreported a loan payment.
The committee's 10 members are split equally between Republicans and Democrats. Options include dismissing the case, reprimanding Mitchell or expelling him.
The House investigation stems from Mitchell's criminal case. He pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor charges of not filing his tax returns on time.