Greitens courts wealthy donors to Koch network at Colorado event

Gov. Eric Greitens left Missouri last weekend to speak to a roomful of well-heeled conservative donors in Colorado, raising questions about whether he’ll grant a request for what could be a third special session of the 2017 summer.

USA Today reported Sunday that Greitens, a Republican, spoke to 400 contributors at a luxury resort in Colorado Springs as part of a three-day private retreat assembled by Charles Koch, a billionaire who has spent considerable sums influencing politics in Missouri and around the country.

“You have to invest in governors because we are getting things done in states,” Greitens said while touting local labor reform efforts, according to USA Today. “… We are able to drive tremendous change.”

And though Missouri’s part-time legislature completed its regularly scheduled session more than a month ago, more laws targeting unions could be passed as early as this summer — if a conservative nonprofit funded by Charles Koch and his brother David has its way.

About two weeks ago, Americans for Prosperity wrote to top GOP Missouri lawmakers to request another special session. The law they seek would require unions to hold regular recertification elections.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader


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