C071362 CITIZENS FOR STEVE STENGER 48 Hour Report of Contribution Received Over $5000 Steve Stenger 9322 Rambler Dr. St Louis MO 63123 CPA/Attorney/St. Louis County Councilman 07/13/2013 $100,000.00 Monetary No
C071362 CITIZENS FOR STEVE STENGER 48 Hour Report of Contribution Received Over $5000 Steve Stenger 9322 Rambler Dr. St Louis MO 63123 CPA/Attorney/St. Louis County Councilman 07/28/2014 $100,000.00 Monetary No
C071362 CITIZENS FOR STEVE STENGER 48 Hour Report of Contribution Received Over $5000 Steve Stenger 9322 Rambler Dr. St Louis MO 63123 CPA/Attorney/St. Louis County Councilman 10/24/2014 $100,000.00 Monetary No
The agreement to dismiss a felony computer-tampering charge against Eric Greitens included a secret provision in which the outgoing governor of Missouri admitted that prosecutors had enough evidence for the case to go to a jury….
“…1. Counsel for defendant, on behalf of defendant, stipulate that the State has sufficient evidence to constitute a submissable case in 22nd Cir. No. 1822-CR01377…”
“…7. Defendant’s stipulation in paragraph 1 hereof regarding the complaint in No. 1822-CR01377 shall be sealed and shall not be made public by any party unless defendant commits a new offense or engages in public comment contrary to the stipulation…”
Well, isn’t that special?
Rachel Lippmann @rlippmann
A spokeswoman for Gardner says the first paragraph means they had enough evidence to take the case to trial.
[….] 6:24 PM – 6 Jun 2018
That’s special, too.
“…unless defendant […] engages in public comment contrary to the stipulation…”
That must include “I didn’t do anything wrong,” right? Just asking.
Attorney General Chris Koster (D), the party’s nominee for Governor, speaking at a GOTV kickoff rally in Kansas City – October 29, 2016.
Chris Koster, the 2016 Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Missouri, in Kansas City on October 29, 2016:
Chris Koster (D): ….and to try and bring this state together again. You know, government, government is a word we use as a synonym for cooperation. When they built that state capitol, a hundred years, down on the river in Jefferson City it was a building that was built so that we had a place to go and cooperate. Government is a synonym for cooperation. And when you’ve got a wing, one wing, part of the Republican party that has declared war on cooperation in this state, what path do any of us have forward? [voice: “No path.”] Our only path is to bring people together. [voices: “Right.”]
And I’m running against a gentleman who came out of nowhere about six months ago with this machine gun [laughter] firing into the distance and then this big explosion out in the distance. And, have you ever seen this commercial? The fireball goes up like thirty feet in the air. And all over the State of Missouri people ask me, ‘What’s that thing blowing up in the distance?’ And I tell them, ‘It’s the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, folks.’ [laughter, applause]
There’s no doubt that Missouri does want change. But the change that they want is not war on cooperation. The change that they want is not a my way or the highway attitude. The change they want is bringing people together. The change they want is real progress. The change they want is communication and cooperation between communities….
That explosion was Missouri. And Eric Greitens (r) had a lot of help.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) [2018 file photo].
Today State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) sent a letter addressed to the leadership of both Houses of the General Assembly and the membership, urging their continued examination of the coordination of “dark money” in influencing public policy.
The Honorable Ron Richard, President Pro Tem
Missouri State Senate
State Capitol Building, Room 326
Jefferson City, MO 65101
The Honorable Todd Richardson, Speaker of the House
Missouri House of Representatives
State Capitol Building, Room 308
Jefferson City, MO 65101
To the members of the Missouri General Assembly:
I write today to praise the professionalism and work of the Missouri House of Representatives’ Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, and ask that the driving principle of their work – seeking truth for Missourians – continue.
On May 29, a judge ordered compliance with a subpoena from the Missouri House of Representatives to reveal details of the Governor’s dark money operation. Mere hours after the deadline to turn over this information, the Governor of the State of Missouri plans to resign, possibly depriving Missourians of the right to know how dark money and special interests are secretly influencing their government. This is too important to the future of our state and to the integrity of public service to be swept under the rug.
In order to restore the public trust, the legislature must continue its work into the investigation of coordination between dark-money organizations and state entities.
The same special interests that sought to influence the Governor will remain. They will seek opportunities to operate in the shadows and outside scrutiny, all while working to influence your decisions. But, there are ways for the legislature to combat this corruption.
In 2012 legislation was introduced to require disclosure of contributions to 501(c)(4) political nonprofits. That was great legislation then, and now more than ever, it should be a priority for the general Assembly. I urge it passage, whether it be taken up during special session or next session.
Additionally, the General Assembly should ensure that the Missouri Ethics Commission has the full authority under law to enforce Advisory Opinion No. 2018.05.CF.004 by codifying that not-for-profit corporations that receive donations for the purpose of influencing or attempting to influence the actions of voters are required to file disclosures with the Commission.
Missourians deserve a full accounting of the truth and full disclosure of the extent of dark money’s influence on state government. The General Assembly should take action to address this corrupting influence and continue, as it did with the Special Committee, to wisely exercise its oversight.
Looking again at the last Eric Greitens’ (r) gubernatorial campaign report to the Missouri Ethics Commission, to the end of the first quarter:
C151053: Greitens For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 144
Jefferson City Mo 65102
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 02/24/2015
Information Reported On: 2018 – April Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $2,774,583.78
Monetary Receipts + $31,777.55
Monetary Expenditures – $261,590.97
Contributions Made – $1,000.00
Other Disbursements – $31,348.21
Ending Money On Hand $2,512,422.15
That’s a lot of money.
What’s going to happen to it now? Just asking
Some of the expenditures, after the State of the State:
MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
4/16/2018 Greitens For Missouri [pdf]
Bask Digital Media 225 Broadway Suite 420 San Diego CA 92101 2/1/2018 Digital media services $36,000.00
Jimmy Soni 301 Hicks St #3 Brooklyn NY 11201 2/16/2018 Communications Consultant $2,000.00
Jimmy Soni 301 Hicks St #3 Brooklyn NY 11201 2/23/2018 Communications Consultant $2,000.00
The Tarrance Group 201 North Union St Suite 410 Alexandria VA 22314 2/23/2018 Research $35,207.00
Bask Digital Media 225 Broadway Suite 420 San Diego CA 92101 2/26/2018 Digital media services $25,000.00
Bask Digital Media 225 Broadway Suite 420 San Diego CA 92101 3/5/2018 Digital media services $8,500.00
Bask Digital Media 225 Broadway Suite 420 San Diego CA 92101 3/16/2018 Digital media services $15,000.00
BK Strategies LLC 320 23rd St S#1003 Arlington VA 22202 3/16/2018 Research $20,083.00
Well, that’s transparent enough.
It’d be really interesting to get a look at all that research. Was that post State of the State damage control? Just asking
Name A New Missouri, Inc.
Type Nonprofit Corporation
Charter No. N000704138
Registered Agent simpson, Robin
105 East High Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Status Good Standing
Date Formed 2/5/2017
It’s not particularly transparent, either. What happens now? We might have come so close to finding out, too.
At their web site:
A New Missouri is a section 501(c)(4) issue advocacy organization established to promote policies to create more jobs, higher pay, safer streets, better schools, and more, for all Missourians.
A New Missouri was formed by senior Eric Greitens 2016 campaign advisers, who seek to harness the energy of everyday Missourians to support such policies. We support aggressive legislative action on labor reform, tort reform, regulatory reform, and tax reform. We also need strong ethics reform to ensure our legislature is working for the people and education reform that puts children and parents first.
Ironically, the web site has a few blurbs on ethics reform. Really.
Gov. Eric Greitens’ political nonprofit has until Friday to turn over documents to the Missouri House committee investigating allegations of misconduct against the governor as a precursor to possible impeachment.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued a ruling Tuesday ordering the organization, A New Missouri Inc., to turn over communications and documents showing potential coordination among the nonprofit, the governor and the governor’s campaign committee, as well as expenditures related to advertising.
On that same day Eric Greitens (r) announced that he was resigning effective Friday, June 1st at 5:00 p.m.
It appears that the Special Session and the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight will be shutting down. Big mistake. Big. Huge.
On Friday, June 1st, after 5:00 p.m. and upon the effective resignation of Eric Greitens as governor, Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson (R) will be sworn in as the next Governor of Misouri.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson (R) [2016 file photo].
Missouri State Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson statement on the resignation of Governor Greitens
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson released the following statement today regarding Governor Greitens’ resignation:
Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson states, “With Governor Greitens’ decision to resign from office, he has put the best interests of our state and all Missourians at the forefront where they belong. This is a decision that will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a difficult time. This is an enormous responsibility serving as our state’s next governor, and I am ready to fulfill the duties of the office with honor and integrity, and with a steadfast commitment to making our great state even greater for the people we are entrusted to serve.”
Lt. Gov. Mike Parson Readies for Friday’s Transition
(JEFFERSON CITY) – Lt. Gov. Mike Parson spent today preparing for Friday’s transition with a non-stop series of meetings and phone calls. Parson will become Missouri’s next governor on Friday, June 1 at 5:00 pm.
“We are taking every step and working around the clock to ensure Missouri state government does not miss a beat throughout this transition. My commitment to all Missourians is to listen to them and work together to advance the interests of our great state,” Lt. Gov. Parson said.
Earlier today, Lt. Gov. Parson met with House Speaker Todd Richardson, Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Ron Richard, and legislators from both parties.
In addition to meeting with these leaders, Parson reached out to all cabinet members. Parson is planning to hold a meeting with the cabinet early next week.
On Thursday, Parson will receive a briefing from the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s State Emergency Management Agency and finalize the details of the swearing-in ceremony.