Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is already under felony indictment for an alleged blackmail scheme and revenge porn, but now a fellow Republican is probing his charity too.
According to the Kansas City Star, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has opened an investigation into The Mission Continues, a non-partisan, non-profit group designed to help veterans transition back to civilian life.
“The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact,” the website reads. “We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.”
“The Attorney General’s Office has an open inquiry into the charitable activities of The Mission Continues, pursuant to the AGO’s enforcement responsibilities under the consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws,” said the attorney general’s spokesperson Loree Anne Paradise.
The investigation came just after the Democratic Party accused Hawley’s office of being easy on Greitens for political reasons. They cited a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that alleges a staffer of Greitens’ emailed the charity’s donor list to his campaign in 2015. Democrats frequently have hinted at quid pro quo because Greitens’ campaign made a $50,000 in-kind donation to Hawley’s campaign when he was running for attorney general. The donation was in the form of a set of mailers that went out on Greitens’ behalf and listed other Republicans being endorsed.
“I guess that’s what happens when you receive $50,000 from the Governor — you put his political survival above your obligation to Missourians,” Democratic Party spokesperson Brooke Goren told The Star Wednesday.
Greitens has already admitted that his 2016 campaign for governor had the charity’s donor list, though it’s unclear how the campaign obtained it. Sharing it could violate federal law, campaign finance law and the charity could lose its non-profit status.