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Two donors drop $700,000 into Eric Greitens’ unofficial campaign for Missouri governor

Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens announced receiving $700,000 in out-of-state donations this week for his anticipated run for the Republican nomination for Missouri governor.
Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens announced receiving $700,000 in out-of-state donations this week for his anticipated run for the Republican nomination for Missouri governor.

Eric Greitens hasn’t officially announced that he’s running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. But the author and former Navy SEAL is racking up some big out-of-state donations in the meantime.

On Thursday, Greitens reported a $500,000 donation from the Michael L. Goguen Trust, based in Menlo Park, Calif., and a $200,000 donation from McKinley Financial Partnership in Ann Arbor, Mich.

According to Bloomberg News, Goguen is a venture capitalist whose areas of interest include infrastructure, energy, semiconductors and the Internet.

McKinley Financial Partnership invests in and manages residential and commercial real estate nationwide. It was founded by Ronald Weiser, a former U.S. ambassador and finance chairman for the Republican National Committee.

In July, the Greitens campaign committee had about $1.1 million in cash on hand.

The GOP already has a crowded primary field for governor.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Sen. Bob Dixon, former Missouri House speaker Catherine Hanaway and former state lawmaker Randy Asbury have already announced their candidacies, with Greitens and businessman John Brunner expected to join the field soon.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is the only Democrat currently in the race.

To reach Jason Hancock, call 573-634-3565 or send email to jhancock@kcstar.com.

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