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Supporter Confirms Defense Fund for Greitens

Alex Heuer
St. Louis Public Radio

The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party says a new nonprofit has been started to help pay for embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' legal expenses.

Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser on Tuesday confirmed that the nonprofit is meant to aid Greitens following his indictment on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge related to a 2015 extramarital affair. The nonprofit is called the ERG Defense Fund, and the governor's full name is Eric Robert Greitens.

Weiser is listed as the director of the nonprofit on Internal Revenue Service filings. He and other supporters of the Missouri governor started the nonprofit Friday.

It can take unlimited donations, but those contributions must be publicly reported.

Greitens' personal attorney didn't immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment on the nonprofit Tuesday.

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