Still No Election Paperwork From Alvin Greene

Alvin Greene still has filed no paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, meaning it's still tough to know who, if anyone, he's working with.


The 32-year-old unemployed Army veteran, who won the nomination to challenge Sen. Jim DeMint (R) last week with over 100,000 votes, paid $10,000 to file for candidacy in South Carolina, and he's still saying he paid that out of his own pocket. Greene is still giving strange interviews, which are difficult to watch. In this one, CNN's Don Lemon asks him if he's okay.

Greene is only required to file financial disclosures with the FEC if he's raised or spent over $5,000 (the $10,000 filing fee doesn't apply toward that), and it's unclear whether or not he has. "There's very little to no evidence that he actually did any campaigning. If there was, we haven't seen it," South Carolina Democratic Party spokesman Keiana Page said.

Had Greene filed a financial disclosure, any donors or consultants would be made public. James Clyburn, the House Democratic whip from South Carolina, has suggested Greene is a plant and has called for an investigation. Election-data analysts brought on by Vic Rawl, the Democratic candidate Greene defeated, are trying to figure out how Greene got so many votes; the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), meanwhile, has opened an investigation but isn't commenting on it.

As a matter of practice, the FEC doesn't ask candidates for paperwork unless they've already filed disclosures with information missing, or unless someone has lodged a complaint. Neither the South Carolina Democratic Party, SLED, Clyburn, nor Rawl have lodged such a complaint, according to the FEC.