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Key witness in Mission Continues case: Greitens 'wanted me to use this list to help build a fundraising plan'

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Mike Hafner first connected with governor Greitens a number of years ago, but eventually was employed on the campaign for three months in 2015. (Credit: KMOV) Mike Hafner first connected with governor Greitens a number of years ago, but eventually was employed on the campaign for three months in 2015. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A witness in one of the investigations against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is speaking out for the first time.

Governor Greitens is accused of a crime called tampering with computer data.

Prosecutors say he directed an employee to take a donor list from the charity Greitens founded and use it for the campaign. Prosecutors say they did not have the lawful right to do so.

We talked with a campaign worker who had access to that high-dollar list.

Mike Hafner first connected with governor Greitens a number of years ago, but eventually was employed on the campaign for three months in 2015.

Greitens, he says, had very high political ambitions.

“Unlimited potential. He had an impressive resume he built The Mission Continues from a small regional charity into was operating in all 50 states raising more than 10 million dollars a year,” Hafner said.

In January of 2015, Hafner received an email from Greitens’ assistant.

On it, an attachment called "the mission continues list."

“I had no idea this list was acquired using anything but lawful means,” Hafner said.

But prosecutors say it was property of The Mission Continues, a charity founded by Greitens in 2007 to help veterans and communities.

Hafner says he and others used the list to help Greitens fundraise for his campaign for governor.

“Eric indicated he wanted me to use this list to help build a fundraising plan from the list,” Hafner said.

When Greitens asked Hafner to meet with a person affiliated with the charity though, Hafner says he was so hesitant, he never took the meeting.

“Certainly when you are meeting with employees of a charity and using that for political purposes that’s a road I was not comfortable going down and that’s why I never set the meeting or reached out to her,” he said.

Three months in, Hafner was asked to leave the campaign. He believes it may have been because he had encouraged Greitens to seek a lower office first.

“I wasn't committed to him running for governor,” he said.

But he says he has no axe to grind in coming forward.

His attorneys at the firm Sowers Ernst say he's been complying with subpoenas by the committee of lawmakers investigating the governor and other agencies as well.

“I might be the only one in this mess covering my own legal fees, but this is a serious and somber time in this state,” he said.

Hafner says a lot of the donor list allegations were known to a state agency in 2016, but were never followed up on.

He says he's just one witness of a number who have information about this.

The governor's attorneys have denied any wrongdoing with the list. We reached out to representatives for the Governor Tuesday but have not yet heard back.

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