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As Greitens navigates legal minefield, former employees stay silent


By Jack Suntrup you know, is always looking sage-deleting cellphone appli- tern, I mean I had no problem
St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the next thing, and he’s cation Confide. doing it,” he said.
proven that he’s doing that in a In a report issued last week, Audrey Dunn, who now
JEFFERSON CITY — very secretive manner.” Hawley said he was not able lives in California and still
Faith Miller says she en- SECRECY to determine any wrongdoing. works on campaigns, agreed.
joyed her time on Eric Greit- This is not the first time Greitens staffers told investi- “It’s procedure, so every
ens’ 2016 campaign for gov- nondisclosure agreements in gators they did not use the app campaign that you’re going to
ernor. But that’s about all she Greitens’ world have made for substantive public busi- be on does it,” she said. “The
will say. news. ness, and because the app de- campaign is like a job, and
“I had a good experience,” In October 2016, former leted the messages, there was anything you go into you’re
she said, “and I was told I re- campaign worker Michael no way to determine how ac- going to sign something.”
ally can’t say much more be- Hafner declined to speak with curate those statements were, Another worker, Gage
yond that.” an Associated Press reporter Hawley said. Teel, a senior at the University
Over the last several weeks, about the campaign’s use of a Auditor Nicole Galloway, of Missouri-Columbia study-
the Post-Dispatch and the Co- St. Louis Post-Dispatch/CHRISTIAN GOODEN donor list from The Mission a Democrat, said Greitens’ ad- ing political science, said his
lumbia Missourian attempt- Continues, the veterans charity ministration obstructed her re- nondisclosure agreement lasts
Eric Greitens gives his victory speech after defeating
ed to contact about 60 people Greitens founded in 2007, cit- cent audit of the Department of until 2024. He said he started
Democrat Chris Koster for the Missouri Governor’s
who worked on Greitens’ 2016 ing a nondisclosure agreement Revenue’s processing of state on the campaign as an intern
seat on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Greitens was at his elec-
campaign. Of the handful who he had signed. tax returns. Her spokeswom- but eventually rose to regional
tion watch party at the Double Tree Hotel in Chester- an said that the office does not
agreed to speak with reporters, After the 2016 election, field director in the campaign’s
five people said they signed field. currently believe Greitens vi-
the Post-Dispatch reported the Columbia office.
nondisclosure agreements. governor-elect required mem- olated a law barring agencies “I could have sworn when
Two others, including Mill- run the risk of being in breach volunteers or staffers could bers of his transition team to from preventing employees we first started, everyone had
er, who is now 19, would not of this contract.” speak publicly if the campaign sign a confidentiality agree- from speaking with the audi- to sign it no matter if you were
say whether they signed one. Robert Carr, a professor of gives prior approval. ment. tor. a volunteer or a full-blown
The newspapers were told ethics and Congress at George “This is standard operating The two-page document The auditor “has seen un- staffer,” he said. “Later I think
that the use of nondisclosure Washington University, said procedure for campaigns,” he said that failing to comply with precedented obstruction in- we shifted our policy to where
agreements, or NDAs, on in an email that nondisclo- said in an email. its 17 requirements “may re- volving state agencies,” Steph only people who were actual-
the Greitens campaign was sure agreements are generally But it has not always been sult in dismissal from the tran- Deidrick said. “However, at ly working and getting paid on
widespread — and workers not enforceable if the person is this way, said Mark McKin- sition team and that other sanc- this time, we are not aware of the campaign had to sign one.”
as low-ranking as volunteers being asked to conceal illegal non, a Democrat-turned-Re- tions may be imposed as ap- any directive that would vio- He said having volunteers
may have been asked to sign activity. publican political consultant propriate.” late the statute.” sign one was “unnecessary.”
them. Now, Missouri’s gover- “Yet, the threat of being who has worked for U.S. Sen. The Post-Dispatch in De- THE STAFFERS “They’re not going to
nor is fending off scandals on sued and the expense of de- John McCain, R-Ariz., and cember asked the governor’s John B. Simpson, a Char- know anything about general
multiple fronts, and some say fending such a suit, even if the former President George W. office whether any current or lottesville, Va., attorney who campaign strategy so they’re
the agreements may slow the plaintiff is unsuccessful, might Bush. prospective employees had specializes in employment probably clueless to that as-
release of information about extract a price too high so as to “NDAs are a relatively new been asked to sign nondisclo- matters, said the decision to vi- pect,” he said.
how Greitens operated during be disincentive to disclose,” he phenomenon,” he said in an sure agreements. Sarah Mad- olate a confidentiality agree- He said the agreement he
the campaign. said. email, “which is just more evi- den, special counsel for the ment comes down to how signed allows the campaign to
One former campaign as- Such confidentiality agree- dence of the madness of mod- governor, said no one has been much someone wants to risk sue him if he says too much.
sociate, who spoke on the con- ments are not uncommon in ern campaigns, culture and asked to sign an agreement being taken to court — and “But the truth is, I don’t
dition of anonymity for fear politics, especially if the staffer media. since Greitens took office. the likelihood that an employ- think I know anything that
of retribution, said the agree- is entrusted to handle informa- “They suggest a certain Still, the Greitens team has er would sue. would really be even damning
ments — and implicit threats tion that could be used against level of insecurity and fear.” at times operated opaquely. “Without talking, they’re to the campaign,” Teel said. “I
from Greitens’ current allies the candidate for whom they A second former Greitens Parker Briden, the governor’s concealing the truth, which was the low man on the totem
— have created a “chilling ef- work. associate, who spoke on the taxpayer-paid spokesman, rou- somebody has the right to pole.”
fect” for those who may have An official who worked condition of anonymity, said tinely does not return requests that,” he said in an interview. This article was produced
information to share publicly. on former Democratic Mis- the NDAs have proven to be for comment from reporters. “It’s kind of a moral question. in collaboration with the Co-
He said former campaign souri Attorney General Chris a useful tool for Greitens, who The office has slow-walked It’s an individual thing — how lumbia Missourian. Missouri-
staffers “almost feel like this Koster’s 2016 gubernatorial is focused on preserving his the release of information such much do I take on? There’d an reporters Kathryn Hardi-
could be a muzzle preventing bid said that NDAs were used brand as a conservative outsid- as Greitens’ daily schedule. be all kinds of factors at play son, Kaitlin Washburn, Steph-
them from talking about their on that campaign as well. er and family man. Other state officeholders there.” anie Sandoval, Ellen Cagle,
experience working for Eric,” Austin Chambers, Greit- “You’re dealing with a guy have taken note. In December, Campaign worker Shane Brendan Crowley, Katie Par-
the person said. “To go on the ens’ former campaign manag- who was obviously extreme- Attorney General Josh Haw- Loewenstein, 20, said signing kins, Daphne Psaledakis and
record, talking about their ex- er who now leads the Greit- ly protective of his image,” ley, a Republican, launched an NDA was no big deal. Tyler Wornell contributed,
perience, even though it [may ens-allied group A New Mis- the former staffer said. “It goes an investigation into the gov- “Working in the actual along with Missourian editor
have been] positive, they could souri, said former Greitens into the narrative that this guy, ernor’s use of the text mes- headquarters early on as an in- Mark Horvit.

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