Chisun Lee

Chisun Lee is senior counsel in the Democracy program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

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Dark Money and the Downfall of Eric Greitens

The Missouri governor’s political immolation could provide a roadmap for campaign finance reforms.

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced his resignation last week, just 16 months into a term that saw a career’s worth of scandals. But the spectacle continues. For those who haven’t been following the man’s political immolation, the tawdry parts are the stuff of prime-time TV: a Democrat-turned-Republican Navy SEAL; a dashing politician with presidential ambitions; an extramarital affair; alleged blackmail involving nude photos; and a felony charge over data tampering. For months, it seemed none of that was enough to knock Greitens from his perch. Then, in a move that was both overdue and unexpected, he resigned. Just hours earlier , a county court had ordered a shadowy nonprofit doing political work for Greitens to turn over internal documents to a state legislative committee investigating his misconduct. Questions had already swirled around this group, A New Missouri. Structured as a social welfare nonprofit, it gives donors anonymity while simultaneously...