A Washington D.C.-based ethics watchdog has asked Attorney General Henry McMaster to investigate whether surprise Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene was induced to run for the office.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington also asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate why Greene and three other candidates -- Gregory Brown, Brian Doyle and Ben Frasier -- failed to file required federal campaign finance reports prior to last week's election.
"The people of South Carolina have a right to fair, transparent and fraud-free elections," said CREW executive director Melanie Sloan. "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, who is an unemployed veteran, said he paid his $10,400 filing fee with his own money. His Democratic opponent, former lawmaker Vic Rawl, has filed a protest with the S.C. Democratic Party.
The upset election has captured the nation's attention, and led many, including U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, to speculate Republicans may have encouraged Greene to run.