Questions mount on list of charity donors at center of Greitens ethics fine

Gov. Eric Greitens describes his recent run-in with the Missouri Ethics Commission as a minor campaign finance matter.

Greitens, a first-term Republican, agreed to in late April for failing to disclose that his campaign had obtained a list of donors to , a charity he founded in 2007.

But experts in laws governing tax-exempt organizations like The Mission Continues say the legal issues surrounding the donor list may not be so minor. In interviews with The Star, they said they see two possibilities:

Attorney General, experts confused about how nonprofit tied to Duggan operates

While Wayne State University officials insist that the Make Your Date nonprofit — under scrutiny for its ties to Mayor Mike Duggan — is dormant and inactive, the Michigan attorney general is questioning the organization's nonprofit status and has been unable to get any answers for nearly three months.

The attorney general's office wants to know about Make Your Date's fundraising practices, including why it is not registered with the state to solicit charitable donations and where the donations ended up, the Free Press has learned.

Hawley didn’t look into ‘most basic facts’ in Greitens investigation, attorney says

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley faced criticism earlier this year after his office cleared former Gov. Eric Greitens of any wrongdoing over his use of a self-destructing text message app called Confide.

Now, less than two weeks before Hawley faces off against Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in one of the most closely contested senate races in the country, Hawley’s investigation of the former governor is once again drawing scrutiny.

Day in the Life: Bruce Hopkins gets third law degree at age 72

"Bruce Hopkins is a professor of the practice at the University, teaching students on nonprofit organizations and law while practicing that same law in Kansas City. Hopkins boasts almost 50 years of experience within nonprofit and tax-exempt law, working with a wide range of nonprofit organizations.

In 2013, at the age of 72, Hopkins decided to enroll back in classes at the University to pursue his third law degree.

'I saw this degree as a goal. I saw it as an objective,' Hopkins said."

KU law professor receives third law degree from KU

"Four more years of school after college. Passing the bar. Many would consider getting a law degree impressive. But how about getting three law degrees?

It seems University of Kansas law professor Bruce Hopkins can't get enough of learning the art of law.


'I had a number of times when students that I was either teaching, or had taught in the past,' Hopkins said, 'was now in class with them.'

Hopkins, who turns 76 next month, got his second law degree just a couple years after receiving his first, in the early 70s."

KU law professor receives third law degree from KU

Hopkins, who turns 76 next month, got his second law degree just a couple years after receiving his first, in the early 70s.

He’s been a nonprofit lawyer his entire career, so he went back for a couple credits in tax law—and ended up getting a second degree. Hopkins says he never needed the extra second or third degrees. For him it was just the love of the law and accomplishing something.

Catholic parish's bulletin says Democratic voters are doomed to hell, Clinton is satanic

The Oct. 16 bulletin from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was stuffed with a flyer written in both English and Spanish that cited five legislative policies — support for abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, human cloning, and embryonic stem cell research — that will doom a politician and their supporters to eternal damnation.


Chinese-backed charity may be violating U.S. law, tax specialists say

“A New York educational charity affiliated with a Chinese company may have violated rules governing tax-exempt organizations in the United States, tax specialists say.

The Council for American Culture and Education Inc was set up in 2009 on behalf of Chinese for-profit school operator Dipont Education Management Group, according to the two consultants who created the charity. Thomas Benson and Stephen Gessner later ceded control of CACE to Dipont, according to Gessner.


256-acre gift a bit wait-and-see

"The Razorback Foundation, a public charity that supports University of Arkansas at Fayetteville athletics, took control in January 2015 of about 256 acres adjacent to the park. The property, west of South Cato Springs Road and near the Interstate 49 intersection, was a gift from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene.

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