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Greitens’ onetime vows of transparency now lost behind a veil of dark money



In January 2016, Eric Greitens, then one of a crowd of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Missouri governor, vowed that the public would always know where his political funding was coming from.

“The most important thing is that there is transparency around the money,” Greitens said. “We’ve already seen other candidates set up these secretive super PACs where they don’t take any responsibility for what they’re funding … because that’s how the game has always been played.”

Less than a year into his tenure as governor, Greitens has not merely joined in the “game” of hiding financial information from the public — he has mastered it. Today, Greitens is one of the least transparent elected officials in modern state history.

Among the information Greitens and his inner circle have withheld from the public:

  • The source of one of his largest campaign contributions
  • How his campaign obtained a donor list it wasn’t supposed to have, and how much money it brought in
  • The amounts that corporate donors, lobbyists and others paid toward his inauguration festivities
  • Anything about his personal finances
  • Who is currently funding his public policy campaigns

Multiple requests for comment for this story to the Greitens administration and A New Missouri went unanswered over the past several weeks.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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