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Complaint accuses Greitens groups of concealing donors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ An ethics complaint alleges two groups connected to former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens were used to conceal donor identities.

The complaint, filed Tuesday by Republican Rep. Jay Barnes, accused Greitens’ gubernatorial campaign and a nonprofit that promoted Greitens’ agenda of multiple campaign finance violations. Barnes, who chaired the House committee that investigated Greitens, wrote that the nonprofit was specifically formed to skirt new campaign donation limits.

Two Democrats on the committee said in a statement that Greitens should be held accountable for his actions.

Attorney Catherine Hanaway, who represents the nonprofit, did not have an immediate comment.

Greitens, a Republican, resigned June 1 amid multiple investigations into his personal and private life.

The Missouri Ethics Commission can levy fines and, in certain cases, refer cases to prosecutors.

Statement from White House and Catherine Hanaway:

“Alyssa Farah, press secretary for Pence, defended Ayers in a statement issued Tuesday evening: “This is a complaint lodged against former clients of Mr. Ayers, who has always complied with federal and state campaign finance laws meticulously, and did so in this instance as well,” Farah said.

Catherine Hanaway, attorney for Greitens’ campaign, said in an emailed statement that the complaint was “full of false accusations.”

Hanaway wrote: “The Greitens for Missouri campaign never attempted to solicit or receive campaign contributions from prohibited sources. There was never any attempt by staff or consultants of the Greitens Campaign to violate campaign finance law. Missouri law was not violated — period. Any suggestion otherwise is completely false, and the facts prove that.”

Chambers could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

In a joint statement, two of the three Democratic members of the 10-member committee — Rep. Gina Mitten of Richmond Heights and Tommie Pierson of St. Louis — said they were confident the ethics commission would determine that punishment is warranted.

“With the ethics complaint that has been filed based on the work of the House investigative committee, the Missouri Ethics Commission has overwhelming evidence to conclude that Eric Greitens, his campaign committee and affiliated dark money organization broke state campaign finance laws,” the statement noted.”