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Greitens campaign fined by Missouri Ethics Commission for campaign finance violations

Posted at 4:07 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 20:40:34-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Ethics Commission has fined former Gov. Eric Greiten's campaign $178,000 for campaign finance violations.

According to the MEC's investigative findings, "the Commission found reasonable grounds to support the allegations that the Greitens for Missouri committee failed to disclose the receipt of some in-kind contributions received from LG PAC and likewise failed to disclose the receipt of some in-kind contributions received from A New Missouri, Inc."

However, a consent order states, "The MEC found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Eric Greitens, individually, and no evidence that Governor Greitens knew of the two reporting violations."

In the consent order, the parties agreed that there was no evidence Greitens committed any wrongdoing or know of any violations, he was ultimately responsible for the actions of his campaign.

Greiten's legal team issued a statement from Greitens:

"It's good to have been exonerated, and I'm glad to have been vindicated. I'm grateful that the truth has won out, but this was never really about me. They launched this attack because we were fighting for the people of Missouri."

In January, 2018, news reports revealed Greitens had an affair before his time as governor.

At the time, the woman accused Greitens of sexual misconduct.

Amid that investigation, the state launched a campaign finance probe.

Missouri Ethics Commission dismissed several other accusations made against Greitens in the complaint.

According to the consent order, Gretiens can pay $38,000 of the $178,000 fine. The case would be closed, as long as no more violations occur.