Missouri Ethics Committee fines Greitens Campaign two years later

7 months 1 week 13 hours ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:42:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
By: Morgan Riddell, KOMU 8 News Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - State ethics regulators have fined Former Missouri Governor Eric Greiten's campaign $178,087 for campaign violations.

Greiten's team, however, considers this a win, saying that he was cleared for having knowledge of the violations himself, but remains responsible since the campaign was under his name. 

His team calls it a "full exoneration" by the Missouri Ethics Commission on allegations of breaking a non-disclosure agreement with The Mission Continues during a campaign financial meeting.

Complaints were filed against A New Missouri, Inc and Greitens for Missouri committee in July, 2018.

The Missouri House panel had been investigating him, but once he resigned in June, 2018, they had no authority to continue.

Missouri Rep Jay Barnes was leading the House investigation until Greitens resignation. He then filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) in July, who continued the investigation.

"Overall, the MEC issued 23 subpoenas, conducted 20 interviews, and reviewed roughly 8,000 documents, emails and videos. Over the last two years the Greitens campaign incurred costs of over $1.3 million defending against the allegation," his legal representation said in a press release.

A consent order from the Missouri Ethics commission says Greitens campaign can pay $38,000 of the fine in the next 45 days and be done with the case as long as he commits no further violations.

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