- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The State Ethics Commission has released eight additional orders clearing Attorney General Alan Wilson of allegations he took donations which exceeded the legal limit, noting in each case he’d already returned the money.

South Carolina’s top prosecutor was accused of taking donations above the $3,500-per-election-cycle limit. Wilson’s campaign has called them inadvertent errors.

The eight dismissal orders released Tuesday mean Wilson was cleared of 37 total charges. Orders clearing him of 29 similar charges were released last week. All stem from a complaint filed in March.

In all, Wilson returned $80,700 in donations detailed in the complaint. That includes $11,500 to eight donors involved in the latest release.

Many of the reimbursements occurred two days before Wilson was officially notified of the complaint.

Wilson’s second term begins Wednesday.

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