JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway is calling on opponent Eric Greitens to return campaign contributions from a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is accused of sexual assault.
Campaign finance records show Michael Goguen has donated $1 million to Greitens’ campaign. TechCrunch reports Media outlets have reported that a woman sued Goguen in San Mateo County, Calif., court last week alleging he “sexually, physically and emotionally” assaulted her for 13 years, beginning in 2001 when they met.
The suit alleges that Goguen agreed to pay her $40 million for her to keep quiet about the assaults, but that he stopped cooperating after paying $10 million.
“I call on Mr. Greitens to cut all ties to Mr. Goguen and to send back his campaign contributions, now,” Hanaway said in a news release. “If he does not, serious questions must be raised about Mr. Greitens’s judgment and whom he surrounds himself with.”
Goguen’s attorney told TechCrunch that his legal team will mount a “vigorous defense” and would use evidence such as emails and texts to file a cross-complaint accusing the woman of extortion.
“There are serious accusations being thrown around on both sides of this civil case,” Austin Chambers, Greitens’ campaign manager, said in a statement. “We must allow the legal process to run its course and sort out the facts. As a federal prosecutor, we assumed Catherine Hanaway believed folks were innocent until proven guilty. Guess not. That’s a shame.”
Hanaway, former Missouri House speaker and federal prosecutor, faces Greitens, an ex-Navy SEAL, in the GOP primary for governor. St. Louis businessman John Brunner and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder are also seeking the nomination.