Missouri Ethics Board finds Greitens followed election laws

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Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ state campaign did not violate state campaign finance laws by spending money on his U.S. Senate bid, a watchdog agency said Friday.

Washington-based nonprofit campaign finance watchdog group Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission in December 2021, alleging that Greitens was using leftover funds from his bid for the office of governor to launch his US Senate campaign.

Greitens resigned as governor in 2018 amid a sex scandal and allegations of campaign finance misconduct. He is now running for retired U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s seat in a crowded GOP primary.

Greitens, a prolific fundraiser during his 2016 gubernatorial bid, had more than $1 million in his state campaign committee bid when he resigned. State campaign funds cannot be used for federal campaigns.

But the Missouri Ethics Commission found that payments made by Greitens’ state campaign committee after Greitens announced his intentions to the U.S. Senate in March 2020 were for services provided in 2020 or services specifically for the state campaign.

For example, the Campaign Legal Center had claimed that the Greitens State Campaign Committee spent $7,500 on media services on March 20, 2021 which was used to book him on March 22, 2021 on Fox News for his campaign ad. federal. The Ethics Commission instead concluded that the March 10 payment was for services provided to the state campaign in August 2020.

“It was clear from the start that no wrongdoing ever took place,” Greitens’ Senate campaign manager Dylan Johnson said in a statement Friday.

A request for comment from The Associated Press to the campaign’s legal center was not immediately returned on Friday.

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