While browsing my bilingual dictionary, Ed. 1985, I stumbled upon the verb "to charge" in a meaning defined as an Americanism [3(b) U.S.: to charge that... alléguer que...(to assert that)] without any further clarification.
And so, I would like to know if "to charge" is currently used in the sense "to claim/assert" in modern day AmE, and also if it's appropriate in all but the least formal prose.
Consider the following sourced examples:
Sarah Palin charged that Sen. Obama's tax plan is "so phony that it's already starting to unravel"... source
Critics charge that Mr. Obama misjudged Putin. source
Sen. Al Franken charged that "Republicans want to go back to the dark side of the Bush administration". source
When alarmists charged that the polar bear was being hunted to extinction... source
Glenn Beck, today, charged that Fox News is the home base for a horde of liberals. source
A registered nurse charged that there would be "legal genocide" if healthcare reform passes. source
Another doctor charged that such healthcare program are a bargain only for people with two or three young children... source
One critic in the New Yorker pointed out punctuation errors in her own work; another critic -- this time a teacher -- charged that... source
The humanities professor charged that Cattell had a lifetime commitment to fascist and eugenics causes and should not be given the award. source
Arthur Bester, a former teacher, charged that the diminished emphasis on fundamental intellectual discipline was anti democratic... source