June 28th, 2010
09:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Alvin Greene under investigation

(CNN) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating how Alvin Greene, an unemployed political newcomer who could not afford a lawyer when facing criminal charges last year, came up with the $10,440 needed to get his name on the Democratic Senate primary ballot.

The State newspaper reported Monday that Greene is under investigation.

SLED traditionally does not have subpoena power, which would make it difficult to obtain Greene's bank records in the event that he refuses to turn them over.

But according to The State, the agency will take advantage of a new law, signed by Gov. Mark Sanford last week, that allows law enforcement officials to issue administrative subpoenas to financial institutions.

In the wake of his shocking upset victory over establishment favorite Vic Rawl in the June 8 primary, dumbfounded observers wondered if Greene had been planted on the ballot by mischievous Republicans looking to meddle with the Democratic ballot.

But Greene maintains that he tapped into his personal savings to pay the filing fee.

Top Democrats told CNN as early as June 17 that SLED had begun looking into Greene's financial situation at the request of a state lawmaker, but until Monday the agency would not confirm an investigation was underway.

A Republican state representative, Chip Limehouse, wrote to SLED on June 16 asking the agency to examine Greene's finances because the 33-year-old was given a public defender after he was hit with felony obscenity charges last year.

In the letter, Limehouse wrote that if Greene is not indigent, he should refund taxpayers for those legal services.


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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Tim M (Memphis, TN)

    IMAGINE if Alvin Greene won a Republican Primary. Jesse, Al, and everyone else would be screaming RACISM, but this is being done by the DEMOCRATS....So much for the Big Tent. Who cares how he payed the filing fee, so what if he's a plant. It sounds like the DEMS don't like him because he beat the golden child they wanted. The people of SC voted for him, so who cares???

    June 28, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Ken

    What is in the water in South Carolina? Voting has consequences. They obviously don't care who they vote for. We should have let them out back in 1861. Let's see them try to put up a stop sign without my tax dollars.

    June 28, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Pragmatic

    It will be very interesting to see where the money trail goes ...

    June 28, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Alvin Greene is obviously being used by others who have their own personal agenda – and that is shameful as it makes a mockery of our electoral system.

    June 28, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Tony

    The apathy and ignorance of South Carolina's voters caused this situation. They went into the polls and selected a man who made no attempt at running a campaign (no commercials, flyers, website, etc...), didn't know what he stood for or even looked like, and selected him as the guy who would be the Democratic candidate in the race for the US Senate. Now that they realize the gravity of their mistake they are scrambling to find some way to rectify the situation.

    I say the people got exactly what they deserved.

    June 28, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. XWngLady

    Ok. Why is it that when the Democrats were screaming for an investigation, the doors were closed on them at every turn. But when a Republican whines about something, now all of a sudden there's an investigation? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he's being investigated, but it just seems a little strange that authorities didn't jump until Republicans had an issue....I'm just saying.

    June 28, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Jim

    Something is seriously wrong with his guy.

    June 28, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Meka

    Republican Party, at it's best!

    June 28, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Linda

    Finally, we may get to the bottom of this. This type of political corruption or lack of common sense by the people of South Carolina is a slap in the face to our soldiera who are said to be fighting for our democracy. I think we also need to check the voting machines.

    June 28, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Angus McDugan

    Well, remember he is running as a democrat.

    June 28, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Willa-PA

    Ummm...very suspicious.

    June 28, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Debbie from Arizona

    Good. I can't wait to find out who funded this mans run for the Democratic Primary. After listening to him speak several times, I find him to be one of the most laughable candidates so far this year, and that's saying a lot. Something stinks here and I hope they get to the bottom of it.

    June 28, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    Finally! Follow the money . . . I wouldn't doubt if it leads right back to Demented!

    And seriously, CNN . . . . "mischievous Republicans"??? Poor choice of words! If it's true that he was a plant, by the Republicans or any other entity, that's actually voter fraud which is just a TAD worse than "mischievous"!

    June 28, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. edr

    What is in the water in SC? Something smells fishy!

    June 28, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. mike

    look lets face the facts if you were in his shoes would you have spent 10,000 dollars on a run for the senate knowing that your are not going
    to win or would you have spent that money on something that you need
    and were able to get with the money that you have so were did he get
    that money and did someone tell him how to spend it and if he did there
    would be more money

    June 28, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Lynn

    I'm a Democrat but I have been suspicous of Greene from the start. His first interviews demonstrated that he is not articulate and that he hadn't thought about important issues because he couldn't answer the questions put to him. It is not far fetched to think that Republicans found someone to upset the Democraic apple cart.
    Please do investigate. I just can't see him having the will or the way to win on his own merits.

    June 28, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. in the event that he refuses to turn them over

    " in the event that he refuses to turn them over"?

    after he is done lawyering up, he will put together a case that will get him into office and any chance of finding out what went on will be lost as one of the mistakes of our legal system

    June 28, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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