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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:49 PM

Former Missouri Governor Greitens Fined for Campaign Finance Violations

February 14, 2020

ST. LOUIS (CN) – An investigation into disgraced former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens found “probable cause” his campaign broke the law by not reporting that it cooperated with a political action committee during his 2016 run to the governor’s mansion.

The Missouri Ethics Commission, in a complaint released Thursday, found that “Greitens for Missouri failed to timely report certain LG PAC advertisements as in-kind contributions, because the LG PAC advertisements were express advocacy or its functional equivalent, and the advertising was done in cooperation with the GFM committee after a conversation regarding GFM’s needs in the Springfield market.”

The investigation found no evidence that Greitens personally knew about the campaign finance issues, but “candidates are ultimately responsible for all reporting requirements,” the commission wrote in its report.

The state’s ethics commission also concluded that the Greitens’ campaign likely violated financial reporting rules by not disclosing a poll given to the campaign that was paid for by A New Missouri, a nonprofit that supported Greitens’ agenda.


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