Gov. Eric Greitens’ nonprofit just donated $250,000 to a political action committee working to protect Missouri’s right-to-work law.
But where that $250,000 originally came from will likely never be known.
Tracking campaign spending in Missouri is getting more difficult, thanks in part to the emergence of a crop of politically active nonprofit organizations.
Nonprofits aren’t required to disclose their donors. When contributions are routed through a nonprofit to a political campaign to hide the source of the donation, it’s referred to as “dark money.”
Greitens’ nonprofit, A New Missouri Inc., was founded by his political team in February. In the five months since, the organization has garnered controversy as it has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting the governor and attacking his political enemies.
On Monday, A New Missouri Inc. donated $250,000 to a political action committee called Missourians for Worker Freedom. The PAC was started by James Thomas III, a Kansas City attorney tied to numerous campaign committees used over the years by Republican political consultant Jeff Roe. In addition to the donation, the governor’s campaign finance director, Meredith Gibbons, is helping raise money for another PAC, called Liberty Alliance.
Both Missourians for Worker Freedom and Liberty Alliance were created to help stave off efforts by labor unions to repeal Missouri’s right-to-work law. They share the same mailing address and phone number.
(Excerpted from Kansas City Star 7/19/17)