Dems urge investigation of Greitens donations; Republicans call it "laughable"

2 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 26 2016 Oct 26, 2016 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4:38:00 PM CDT October 26, 2016 in News
By: Allison Ross, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Democratic Party would like the Social Security and Exchange Commission to investigate Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens and whether some donations to him violate 'pay to play" laws. But Republicans said Democratic candidate Chris Koster had his own pay to play scandal. 

Democrats said at issues in the Greitens campaign is dark money - election funding from groups from which politicians don't need to disclose donations.

Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple offered a list of accusations saying: Financial firms were skirting pay to play laws to influence the election; Greitens took two million in dark money from a group known as Seals for Truth; Greitens has deep ties to Wall Street through The Mission Continues; used his charity top donor list to launch his campaign; and has taken millions from Wall Street and the financial industry.

Temple said Greitens is going to great lengths to hide the source of donations. 

“It's either from someone Greitens should be deeply ashamed of taking money from, or it’s from a source that would be prohibited by other relevant law," Temple said. 

He said the SECs Pay to Play rule "prohibits doing indirectly through other entities what you can’t do directly."

"So today, we’re asking the SEC to investigate whether this dark money contribution to Eric Greitens came from a source prohibited under pay to play rule," Temple said. 

Temple said Greitens is even trying to change the pay to play rules.

“Reports now indicate that there are financial firms trying to skirt pay to play rules in this election, and we know Greitens has deep ties to that sector," Temple said.

Eric Greiten's campaign manager, Austin Chambers said there are bigger issues. 

"The New York Times caught Chris Koster in a massive pay-to-play scandal. He was exposed as one of the most corrupt Attorney Generals in America. Today's laughable press conference by the Missouri Democratic Party chairman is just a feeble attempt to try to steer attention away from Koster’s proven history of corruption, his close ties to Hillary Clinton who just gave him $500k, and his failed 22 year career in politics. It is too little, too late," Chambers said.

The Missouri Democratic Party will send a letter to the SEC within the next day to request an investigation into potential pay to play violations. 

More News

Grid
List
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is in the hospital again after falling and fracturing his pelvis Monday... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:54:38 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia approved an increase in funding for Job Point's affordable houses on Monday. Job... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:46:00 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in Top Stories
(CNN) -- Four attorneys general announced a proposed framework for a global settlement that could resolve lawsuits against five companies... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 4:16:38 AM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Tiger fans, the Border War is back. Missouri and Kansas have agreed to play... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 8:28:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
LOUISIANA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation has apologized for posting an edited photo that cropped out a... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 7:14:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A unanimous vote by the Columbia City Council Monday night decided School Resource Officers (SROs) will have another... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 6:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An attorney for a Missouri group pushing to expand access to voting argued in... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 4:19:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA — California police chief Shane Templeton has announced he will resign from his position on October 31. This... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 3:42:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital Center was recognized Monday for a fourth consecutive Magnet® recognition. Magnet is the highest honor... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 2:52:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department said Monday people should be wary of someone spoofing the department's main... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 2:22:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. — A clinic quietly constructed in southern Illinois to meet demand for abortion services by residents... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 12:09:00 PM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
FULTON - U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is pushing for legislation that could offer more mobile mammogram services to rural communities... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 10:34:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed formal charges against Cameron White, 19, on Monday, charging him with second-degree murder and armed criminal... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 10:18:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- According to Missouri KidsFirst, almost one in ten kids will be sexually abused by the time they are... More >>
1 day ago Monday, October 21 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 7:37:00 AM CDT October 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Eric Schmitt is set to host four senior safety presentations in October. The presentations,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:43:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 600 people and 11 sponsors gathered in Cosmo Park for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:53:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — David Cover, a co-pastor at The Crossing, addressed the controversy over last week's sermon by fellow co-paster... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested a man on multiple charges after the shooting of a 13-year-old boy Saturday night. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:15:00 PM CDT October 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
10am 49°
11am 51°
12pm 54°
1pm 55°