Picking on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens for being a world-class hypocrite has become easier and more accurate than ever this week.
The guy who once claimed he was all for transparency in government and ethics reform isn’t for either.
By my estimate, the Eric Greitens Hypocrisy Meter™ has reached 8. So, yes, it can get even worse.
Most of Greitens’ problems center on the “A New Missouri” fund set up by his buddies to support his agenda, using contributions that don’t have to be disclosed to the public. Greitens claims he can’t control what the dark money group does, which is utter rubbish.
Earlier this week, Greitens showed why he doesn’t like to talk to the media — he often looks like an uninformed fool — when he said, “When people go in and they vote, nobody calls that dark voting.”
Except that people’s votes are supposed to be secret.
By contrast, the U.S. system of political contributions for many years has been established to make sure the public knows who’s trying to influence elected officials. Greitens simply doesn’t want people to know which groups and people want him on their leashes.
(The St. Louis Post-Dispatch today has an excellent editorial that discusses this and other topics, titled “Greitens’ self-serving antics during special session are very weird.”)
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday rightfully slammed Greitens for his absurd reasoning on “dark voting.”
Gov Greitens said he didn't want to give names of donors of his dark $ account to the govt. No Gov, you would be giving it to the PEOPLE.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) May 23, 2017
On Wednesday, Greitens fan boy and senior adviser Austin Chambers (who’s also involved in the “A New Missouri” fund) tried to criticize McCaskill.
“But the nearly $1mm in “dark money” from 2 different groups being spent for you on TV right now is fine?” Chambers tweeted.
Actually, McCaskill has been on record telling her own supporters to ignore dark money ads, including those on behalf of her. Further, McCaskill has supported legislation in Congress to require more disclosure of dark money contributions.
Has Greitens spoken out likewise? Nope. The Missouri General Assembly late in the 2017 regular session debated tougher rules on dark money type funds. The governor didn’t raise a finger to seriously try to help pass it.
Chambers did raise a legitimate question in his interview with The Kansas City Star, speaking about all dark money groups.
“Is she going to say that they need to turn over all of their donors to a government database … or does she just want the governor to do that?” Chambers said.
The best answer: Yes, all donors should be in the government database. McCaskill has at least supported taking steps in that direction even though she apparently hasn’t told dark money groups that back her now to disclose their donors.
Greitens keeps hiding behind current laws, telling people he supports transparency. The truth is exactly the opposite.