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Offbeat E-mail appears to show coordination by Greitens campaign, office, dark-money nonprofit

11:45  04 july  2018
11:45  04 july  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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The governor's resignation came just hours after a Cole County judge ruled Greitens would have to disclose campaign finances. We need to elect leaders and support legislation that rejects dark money . Show Captions. Last Slide Next Slide.

Eric Greitens ’ top 2016 campaign adviser has revealed ties to a nonprofit that funneled million through a Kansas-based PAC to attack the governor’s GOP rivals last year. While LG PAC was the biggest spender of so-called “ dark money ” during Greitens ’ 2016 campaign , it was hardly alone.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - E-mails obtained by The Kansas City Star show former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' top campaign fundraiser working to set up a meeting in February 2017 between a government official and one of the state's most prolific donors, all while seeking a contribution to Greitens' dark-money nonprofit.

The e-mails appear to be evidence of coordination between the governor's office, his campaign and A New Missouri Inc., said Rep. Gina Mitten, a St. Louis County Democrat who served on a House committee that investigated Greitens as a precursor to impeachment. The committee's work ended after Greitens' June 1 resignation.

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Eric Greitens ' dark - money nonprofit may still be forced to turn over documents lawmakers believe might demonstrate efforts to illegally circumvent the state's campaign disclosure laws. A few hours later, Greitens announced he would resign from office effective 5 p.m. Friday, leaving the question of

After a campaign that saw Greitens benefit from millions in dark money contributions Chambers said the governor is not directly involved in the nonprofit ’s day-to-day operations, but there will be coordination between the nonprofit , the governor’s campaign and the governor’s official state office .

Mitten said that the House committee also obtained the e-mails and others just like them and that they helped convince the committees' leadership that A New Missouri was solely designed to illegally skirt donation limits and conceal the identities of major donors, an allegation the nonprofit's attorney vehemently denies.

"This is the kind of e-mail that prompted the committee to pursue a subpoena for A New Missouri," Mitten told The Kansas City Star Tuesday afternoon.

The committee quickly dropped its subpoena after Greitens resigned.

The Feb. 3, 2017, e-mail obtained by The Star consists of a conversation between Meredith Gibbons, Greitens' campaign finance director, and Jeanne Sinquefield, who along with her husband, Rex Sinquefield, have donated tens of millions of dollars in recent years to various candidates and causes.

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A liberal government watchdog has filed complaints with the IRS against two nonprofits that in 2016 directed nearly million in anonymous campaign money into Missouri to help Greitens ’ campaign . ' Dark money ' in Missouri. Share. Copy link.

During the 2016 campaign , his campaign benefited from million worth of " dark money " contributions that were routed through nonprofits and into federal political Public documents show that J&J Escape, Greitens ' limited liability company, purchased the 0,000 house on Feb. 17, 2017.

Jeanne Sinquefield e-mailed Gibbons on Feb. 3, 2017, to say she had "enjoyed meeting with you and the governor and his staff." She was happy that Greitens was already implementing a recommendation made by a commission she served on regarding appointments to the university's board of curators being based on occupational diversity, in addition to race and gender.

She also asked Gibbons to arrange a meeting in regards to the governor's 501(c)(4) nonprofit, which would be formally established two-days later.

Gibbons thanked Sinquefield for "making the time to meet with the governor and our team," noting that Greitens had "enjoyed hearing your perspective."

She said that she had contacted the governor's COO, Drew Erdmann, and that he would reach out personally to set up a meeting with Sinquefield.

Erdmann had been announced as COO a month before but wasn't officially on the job for another week.

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Since his admission he cheated on his wife, the Missouri governor has shuttled between the mansion, the Capitol and the offices of his dark - money nonprofit . Man who released Greitens audio says he was subpoenaed to appear before grand jury.

Greitens likened the practice of making untraceable political contributions (" dark money ") through nonprofit organizations to that of casting secret ballots — the typical method of voting in America for "The people have a right to know who is paying for campaigns ." Greitens ' office : This is "intimidation".

Gibbons then wrote: "For the c4 donation, myself and Austin Chambers are your best point of contact."

Chambers was Greitens' senior political adviser.

Neither Gibbons, Chambers nor anyone representing the campaign, the nonprofit or the former governor responded to a request for comment.

A spokesman for Sinquefield said neither she nor her husband ever donated anything to A New Missouri.

Two days after the 2017 e-mail exchange between Gibbons and Sinquefield, Greitens' campaign treasurer and campaign attorney filed paperwork with the Missouri secretary of state's office to create A New Missouri Inc.

It was housed in a downtown Jefferson City building purchased by one of Greitens' biggest donors shortly before A New Missouri was created. Because it's a nonprofit, it is not required to disclose its donors or abide by the state's campaign contribution limits.

Gibbons worked as fundraiser for both the former governor's campaign committee and his nonprofit.

Hours before Greitens announced his resignation, a Cole County judge ordered A New Missouri to comply with the House subpoena seeking documents.

Greitens' resignation became official June 1. Because he was no longer in office, the House abandoned efforts to enforce its subpoena and shut down its investigation.

The investigative committee's chairman, Republican Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City, declined comment on Tuesday, although he reiterated that he plans to file a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission against Greitens' campaign and A New Missouri.

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