Missouri Democratic Party officials say they will file a request with federal financial regulators this week to investigate Republican gubernatorial nominee Eric Greitens’ receipt of an almost $2 million campaign donation through a non-profit corporation.
The move comes on a heels of a Post-Dispatch analysis Wednesday of the donation. It came to Greitens in July, after being routed through the non-profit corporation and a federal superPAC in a way that prevents the original source of the money from ever being publicly disclosed.
State Democratic Chairman Roy Temple said Wednesday that the convoluted path the money took is suspicious, because Missouri law would have allowed the original donor to simply hand a check to Greitens’ campaign.
Temple said the party will ask the Securities & Exchange Commission to investigate whether the donation was made in violation of “pay to play” rules that bar certain financial services entities from donating to political candidates.
Greitens campaign manager Austin Chambers responded with a written statement calling the Democratic news conference “laughable” but not addressing the issue of the donation.