Washington, D.C. (WLTX) -- In the latest turn of events surrounding Alvin Greene's run for U.S. Senate, a political action group has asked South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to investigate Greene's campaign.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington also say that Greene failed to file mandatory disclosure reports before the election. CREW also filed complaints against Gregory Brown, Ben Frasier and Brian Doyle, with their campaign committees after the June 8, 2010 primary. According to CREW, the men's actions are a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.
The group's Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a Tuesday news release to News19, "The people of South Carolina have a right to fair, transparent and fraud-free elections. Paying candidates to run for office and concealing the sources of campaign funds undermines the integrity of the electoral process and threatens our democracy."
Greene says he raised the $10,400 filing fee required to get his name on the June 8 ballot. He paid with a check with the handwritten name "Alvin M. Greene for Senate" printed on it. U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn called for an investigation to determine whether Greene raised the money on his own or not. Previous Coverage: Alvin Green Maintains He Raised His Own Money for Case | Jim Clyburn Says Elephant Dung All Over South Carolina Primary Involving Alvine Greene
Greene has said the money came from his own personal savings account, but CREW said he refused to provide them with documentation of the account.
The group says Greene failed to file a Statement of Candidacy, and that his group, "Alvin M. Greene for Senate" failed to file three documents: a Statement of Organization, an April 15 Pre-Primary report, and a 12-Day Pre-primary report.
CREW says those documents would list the expenditures taken by and contributions given to Greene's campaign.
Greene was charged in August with a felony after a USC student said he showed her pornography in a campus computer lab in Columbia. He was assigned a public defender. Related Coverage: Alvin Greene Charged with a Felony
He is an unemployed Army veteran who lives in Manning.