CONTACT: Jordan Libowitz
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Washington— Campaign officials and supporters of former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens hatched a scheme to conceal millions of dollars in campaign contributions using federal super PACs and nonprofit organizations in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), according to a complaint filed today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
According to the complaint, more than $6 million was routed through two nonprofits, American Policy Coalition and Freedom Frontier, to two federal super PACs, SEALs for Truth and LG PAC. SEALs for Truth in turn directly contributed $1.975 million to Mr. Greitens’ campaign, while LG PAC spent more than $4.3 million on advertisements and other media attacking Mr. Greitens’ opponents and supporting his candidacy. All of these groups were closely connected to the Greitens campaign and to each other, sharing consultants and officers.
CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said, “Missouri voters deserve to know who exactly was bankrolling Eric Greitens’ 2016 campaign, and they are hurt by illegal schemes to hide those donors. Unchecked spending by special interests has plagued elections across the country and continues to exert influence over those elected to serve.”
CREW has kept a close eye on Greitens and the groups named in today’s complaint. Earlier this month, Greitens was featured in CREW’s groundbreaking Shadow Governors report that found more than one in three governors holding office were linked to secretive dark money or shadow governance groups. Both American Policy Coalition and Freedom Frontier were named in Internal Revenue Service complaints filed earlier this year by CREW.