In March, unemployed veteran Alvin Greene showed up at the Democratic party headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina, to register as a candidate for U.S. Senate. To pay the filing fee, he was bearing a personal check for $10,440 -- which he has insisted all along was his own money. But party Chairwoman Carol Fowler turned him away, saying he needed a campaign check.
TPMmuckraker has obtained from the party the "campaign" check that Greene, the man now being called
a "plant" by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), returned
with several hours later. It is distinguished as a campaign check by the words "Alvin M. Greene for Senate" scribbled in pen in the upper left hand corner.
The memo line of the $10,440 check, from National Bank of South Carolina, reads only, "US Senate."
Check it out below:
You can read the statement of candidacy Greene filled out that day right here. It appears Greene himself filled out some basic biographical information and signed a pledge to abide by the results of the primary. A Democratic party staffer signed as witness.
And here's a remarkable new interview with Greene by WCSC, an NBC affiliate. At one point, around one minute in, a clearly uncomfortable Greene is asked what kind of campaigning he did, and he responds "Can I end this?":