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


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.


"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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