Adversity just seems to follow Alvin Greene. Despite accomplishing the feat of becoming the first African American to be nominated for U.S. Senate by a major party in over 100 years, questions and accusations still follow him.
While political figures such as House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn have speculated the legitimacy of Greene’s campaign, a particular government watch dog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), has taken actions to legal proportions.
In a letter sent on June 15, CREW asked South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to investigate whether or not Greene was induced to run for Senate – an act that if true, would be against South Carolina law.
CREW alleges Greene failed to file a Statement of Candidacy and that his campaign committee, “Alvin M. Greene for Senate,” failed to file a Statement of Organization as well as the April 15 and 12-Day Pre-Primary reports. These reports would have disclosed the campaign’s contributions and expenditures leading up to the June 8 primary.
CREW also filed that Greene and three other candidates: Gregory Brown, Ben Fraiser and Bryan Doyle and their campaign committees, violated the Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations by failing to file mandatory disclosure reports prior to the June 8 election in South Carolina.
“The people of South Carolina have a right to fair, transparent and fraud-free elections,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director, in the company’s press release. “Paying candidates to run for office and concealing the sources of campaign funds undermines the integrity of the electoral process and threatens our democracy.”
The reason Greene’s campaign is mind-boggling is because, seemingly, there was no campaign. Green did not attend local Democratic events, did not respond to invitations to attend local stump meetings, and he didn’t attend the state Democratic Party Convention. Add the fact that Greene is facing obscenity charges, and attempted to pay his $10,040 filing fee with a personal check, and you have one suspicious candidate.
This is why the likes of Clyburn have also called for an investigation into Greene, a 32-year-old jobless candidate who lives at home with his father in Manning, S.C. “$10,040 coming from a man with no money and no sign of income is a suspicion of itself,” said Clyburn on ‘Morning Joe.’
Clyburn didn’t hesitate to state that he believed Greene was someone’s “plant,” and questioned the voting mechanics. “He was someone’s plant,” said Clyburn said on the show. “I believe that very sincerely.”
“South Carolina used voting machines that 49 other states rejected,” said Clyburn later on “Fox News.” “Something went wrong with them.”
Despite powerful Democrats such as Clyburn likening his campaign to “elephant dung,” Greene maintains he is still seeking the party’s support. “I’m seeking the state and national support I’m entitled to,” said Greene in an interview with The Huffington Post.
From the obscenity charges to the complaint filed by CREW, Greene gives the impression of a man unshaken by the cloudy political storm that has surrounded him.
“My campaign is about jobs, better education for children and justice,” Greene told the Huffington Post. “ … In the end, it’s not about the money in the bank, it’s the votes that count and the issues. My goal is getting South Carolina and the nation moving forward.”