According to Jo Mannies at the Beacon, Eckersley is using part of his settlement for the campaign:
As campaign "seed'' money, Eckersley is using $100,000 of the settlement he obtained from Missouri to end a two-year, two-pronged legal battle over his dismissal and a controversy over how the Blunt administration was routinely destroying office e-mails, some of which could be considered public records that must be retained, archived and made available to the public under open-records laws.So there you have it. Ed Martin is apparently extremely generous. At least, that is, when he's throwing away other people's money.
Eckersley was fired in the midst of the e-mail controversy. He contended he was dismissed by Blunt's chief of staff Ed Martin (who coincidentally is running for Congress as a Republican in the St. Louis area's 3rd District) after telling Martin and other members of Blunt's staff that they were mishandling e-mails. Blunt and Martin alleged other reasons.