August 13th, 2010
06:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene indicted on obscenity charges

South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene has been indicted.
South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene has been indicted.

(Updated at 6:01 p.m. ET)

(CNN) - U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene, a political unknown who became the surprise winner of the South Carolina Democratic primary, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on obscenity charges.

Greene was indicted on one felony count of "disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity," according to the Richland County clerk of courts.

He was also indicted on a misdemeanor count of "communicating an obscene message to another person without consent."

Greene told CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston that his lawyer "is dealing" with the indictments.

Update:

Following the announcement of Greene's indictment, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler released a statement asking Greene to resign.

"In June, I asked Mr. Greene to withdraw his candidacy because of the charges against him. Following today's indictments, I repeat that request," Fowler said.

"It will be impossible for Mr. Greene to address his legal issues and run a statewide campaign. The indictment renews concerns that Mr. Greene cannot represent the values of the Democratic Party or South Carolina voters."

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Filed under: Alvin Greene • South Carolina
July 26th, 2010
05:23 PM ET
4 years ago

'Alvin Greene is on the Scene' removed from YouTube

A web video about Alvin Greene has been removed from YouTube.
A web video about Alvin Greene has been removed from YouTube.

(CNN) - Alvin Greene is no longer on the scene. Or on YouTube, at least.

Last week's hit viral video, which mashed up clips of the enigmatic Senate candidate with a bouncy eighties hip-hop beat, has been removed from YouTube over a copyright claim.

The producers of "Alvin Greene is on the Scene" had apparently used some video from a 2009 Tea Party march - footage owned by Frank Strategies, a conservative communications firm in northern Virginia. (The video is freely available on the firm's own YouTube page.)

Ed Frank, the president of the firm, told CNN in an email that he requested the video's removal because his business involves licensing original footage, including the pictures shot at the Tea Party rally.


Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
July 23rd, 2010
10:25 AM ET
4 years ago

'Alvin Greene is on the Scene': Not official, but Greene's listening

A new online video of Alvin Greene is making the rounds on YouTube.
A new online video of Alvin Greene is making the rounds on YouTube.

(CNN) - "Alvin Greene is on the Scene" - a clever YouTube mash-up honoring the South Carolina Senate candidate - might just be the political jam of the summer.

The catchy video ("When I say Alvin, you say Greene!") lays clips of Greene's many television appearances over a throwback hip-hop beat and even takes aim at Greene's Republican opponent Jim DeMint ... in autotune.

"November's coming, it's time to choose, and Jim DeMint should be ready to lose," the song rhymes, doing its best T-Pain impression.

Multiple news organizations, including the New York Times, said the video is an "official" product of Greene's campaign, but Greene says he had nothing to do with it.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
July 22nd, 2010
03:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene's military record reveals blemishes

Documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that Senate hopeful Alvin Greene has a less than stellar military record.
Documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that Senate hopeful Alvin Greene has a less than stellar military record.

(CNN) – New documents indicate that Senate candidate Alvin Greene, a political novice who shocked observers by winning the South Carolina Democratic primary, has a less than stellar military record.

According to records obtained by the Associated Press, Greene was denied two promotions and made "mistakes as severe as uploading sensitive information improperly, and as basic as an overall inability to clearly express his thoughts and perform basic tasks."

The records cover a short, three year period of Greene's service in the Air Force.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
July 19th, 2010
07:35 AM ET
July 18th, 2010
05:49 PM ET
4 years ago

S.C. Senate candidate aims to 'get America back to work'

Manning, South Carolina (CNN) – South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene urged voters Sunday to "get South Carolina and America back to work" in his first major public speech since surprising the political world last month by capturing his party's nomination.

"My campaign is about ... moving South Carolina and America forward," the 32-year-old Greene told a friendly audience in his hometown of Manning during a brief, halting speech that at times jumped from one topic to the next.

The speech, given at a meeting of the local chapter of the NAACP, was voters' first glimpse of Greene's campaign vision as he mounts an unlikely challenge against Republican incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint.

"South Carolina and America cannot afford six more years of my opponent," Greene said of DeMint. "We cannot let my opponent keep this country hostage."

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Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
July 17th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Alvin Greene set to make first public address

Greene will deliver his first public address Sunday.
Greene will deliver his first public address Sunday.

Washington (CNN) - What will he say? How will he carry himself? Will he look like a credible candidate? Those are just some of the questions Democratic activists and political observers are asking ahead of Democrat Alvin Greene ‘s first major public speech as a Senate candidate.

On Sunday afternoon before an estimated crowd of 500 at a local junior high school in his hometown of Manning, Greene will talk about his campaign vision as he mounts his unlikely campaign against Republican incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint.

"I told them I would talk about jobs, education and justice,” said Greene, adding that those issues are at the core of his campaign.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • Popular Posts • South Carolina
July 16th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene figurines coming soon to South Carolina

A minor league baseball team says it will pass out Alvin Greene statues at an upcoming game.
A minor league baseball team says it will pass out Alvin Greene statues at an upcoming game.

(CNN) – Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene's economic stimulus plan is coming to fruition, with an assist from an unlikely source: The Charleston RiverDogs, a minor league baseball team.

Greene raised eyebrows when, in the wake of his primary victory, he suggested to The Guardian, a British newspaper, that one idea to help create jobs in his state is to "make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Like maybe action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit."

It's an idea the South Carolina native did not back away from in an interview with CNN last week.

"The reaction has been good. I am a true American hero and if any of the toy companies want to put something like that forward that would be good." He said he has not received any inquiries. He said it would help spur retail sales. "Just a good positive thing for the kids" is how he described it.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
July 12th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Alvin Greene to make first speech since upset win

South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene on Sunday will make his first public speech since winning his party’s nomination.
South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene on Sunday will make his first public speech since winning his party’s nomination.

Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene will make his first public speech since surprising the political world by capturing his party's nomination last month. On Sunday, he will speak at a meeting of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in his hometown of Manning.

"I told them I would talk about jobs, education and justice," which he says are the core issues of his campaign, Greene told CNN Monday.

Greene's victory in the June 8 primary shocked many political observers since Greene had not actively campaigned for the nomination and he had no political experience.

His financial situation also caused him to come under scrutiny when he was faced with questions about how as an unemployed veteran he could afford the $10,440 filing fee required to enter the campaign. He has said it came from savings he accumulated while serving in the military.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
July 9th, 2010
09:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene cleared in South Carolina investigation

Alvin Greene has been cleared in an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Alvin Greene has been cleared in an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

(CNN) - South Carolina's top law enforcement agency announced Friday that it will not file charges against Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) had been investigating how Greene, a 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.

"After a thorough investigation, SLED has concluded that there is no evidence of wrongdoing, criminal intent or deception to the court when Greene applied for a public defender last year," the agency said in a statement Friday.

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