The Kansas City Star: Supporters of indicted Gov. Greitens create legal defense fund

Jason Hancock, Bryan Lowry, & Lindsay Wise
Mar 5, 2018
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Supporters of Gov. Eric Greitens have filed paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service to establish a nonprofit to raise and spend money to cover legal expenses.

ERG Defense Fund was created on Friday, a little more than a week after the Republican governor was indicted on a felony charge of invasion of privacy stemming from a 2015 extramarital affair.

The governor's full name is Eric Robert Greitens.

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"This legal defense fund will allow the governor to raise unlimited funds from his wealthy supporters to cover his legal fees," said Brendan Fischer from the Campaign Legal Center. "As a 527, this entity will have to disclose its donors to the IRS. The most obvious and recent example of a politician setting up a legal defense fund is President Trump's Patriot Legal Defense Fund LLC, which was also set up as a 527."

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