Missouri attorney general opens inquiry into Gov. Greitens’ veterans charity

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri attorney general’s office has an open inquiry into a veterans charity founded by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Hawley said Thursday that the office is looking into the charitable activities of The Mission Continues. It wasn’t clear when the inquiry began.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens takes part in an interview in his office inside the Capitol Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The announcement came after The Associated Press reported earlier Thursday that Greitens had used a Mission Continues email to send meeting invitations to political consultants as he was preparing to run for office in 2015.

Federal tax law prohibits 501(c)(3) charities such as The Mission Continues from participating in any political campaign on behalf of a candidate for public office.

In 2016, the AP reported that Greitens’ campaign gained access to a donor list of The Mission Continues. The charity denied that it had supplied the list.