By TIM ROWDEN
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, speaking at last month’s Truman Dinner fundraiser, warned against the “dark money” legacy of disgraced former governor Eric Greitens.
Galloway said she feared the GOP-controlled General Assembly may avoid dealing with the issue that was Greitens’ real legacy – the formation of several nonprofit groups that could collect unlimited donations from unidentified donors.
Galloway reminded the crowd at Sheet Metal Workers Local 36’s Grand Hall that it was the legal threat of having to identify those donors that finally forced Greitens to step down June 1.
Calling Greitens “an empty vessel into which millions of secret money was poured,” Galloway said the General Assembly needs to pass legislation to require all groups involved in Missouri campaigns to identify their donors.
“You know as well as I do that corruption in state government got worse under Eric Greitens,” she said.
“We’ve had enough of the anonymous insiders buying our politicians and our government with secret money,” Galloway said, adding that the public will lose faith in government, and democracy, unless the “dark money” is stopped.