In a blog post on Wednesday evening, The Mission Continues reiterate that they did not authorize the use of the donors’ information for any political purpose.
Following the release of the second report from the House investigative committee, the president of veterans charity founded by Gov. Eric Greitens said they have done nothing wrong and that they did not provide the list to the now-Governor’s campaign.
“Three separate agencies have now indicated that the Greitens campaign misappropriated and used our list without our authorization or knowledge,” writes Spencer Kympton. “This affirms what we’ve said all along. The Mission Continues acted appropriately and judiciously in accordance with our policies and the applicable law.”
Greitens use of the donor list first came under fire in the fall of 2016 following an investigative report by the Associated Press. In June 2017, Greitens admitted to using the list — he originally denied using it — and paid a fine to the Missouri Ethics Commission for not reporting the list as an in-kind contribution.
The campaigns connection came back in the spotlight in the begin of 2018 when reports surfaced that Greitens used the veterans charity’s email address to arrange political meetings.
“While we remain steadfastly focused on our mission, we want to share an update involving the investigations of Governor Eric Greitens. As we have said from the beginning, and reiterate here, we abstain from political activities. We deeply value the trust you place in us to accomplish our mission. The Mission Continues did not provide, nor authorize the use of, our donors’ information to any persons or groups for political/campaign purposes. Nor did we promote Governor Greitens for political office,” Kympton wrote.
The special House committee released their second report into their investigation into Greitens — the first relating to his 2015 extramarital affair — which focused on findings relating to The Mission Continues.
The report alleges that Greitens lied about and misused the donor list from The Mission Continues.
In response to the report, legal counsel for Greitens for Missouri released a statement that said the report did “a tremendous disservice to the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions” and “If Chairman Barnes were on a quest to find out the truth, he has unfinished business to conduct.”
“Throughout this process, our commitment to our donors, as well as the people and communities we serve has not wavered,” writes Kympton.
“We thank you for your continued support and generosity. Without our donors, the organization’s mission of empowering veterans, volunteers and communities through the power of service would not be possible.”
Read the full report here.
Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at firstname.lastname@example.org.