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April 24, 2018 / Press Release

Where Does Josh Hawley Stand on Trump’s Travel Ban?

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments on President Trump's travel ban tomorrow, Jack Danforth -- a former Republican U.S. Senator and longtime mentor of Josh Hawley -- yesterday co-authored an op-ed urging the Court to strike down the ban as unconstitutional. Danforth writes that this case "is important to every American and, indeed, the integrity of the republic," yet his constitutional lawyer protege, Hawley, has yet to say whether he agrees with his mentor or stands with President Trump.

April 24, 2018 / Press Release

ICYMI: National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar: Josh Hawley “Has Been Pretty Invisible”

On the Mark Reardon Show yesterday, National Journal's Josh Kraushaar highlighted "a self-inflicted set of problems" plaguing the Missouri Republican Party as Josh Hawley continues to stumble in his candidacy for Senate and his handling of controversy surrounding Governor Greitens. Kraushaar noted that Hawley has been "pretty invisible" and that he's "been having some trouble raising a lot of money," raising concerns among top GOP operatives who are "looking at this campaign and they're asking: what are they doing?" Reardon agreed saying, "I'm kind of wondering where [Hawley] is."

April 23, 2018 / Press Release

ICYMI: Missouri Republican Assembly Declines to Endorse Josh Hawley

Today, Missouri Republican Assembly (MRA) Vice President Don Carriker called into the Nick Reed show to announce that the MRA this weekend decided not to endorse Josh Hawley for Senate. Carriker said that Hawley was one of the only candidates not make an effort to attend this weekend's Assembly meeting, "which is a big showing of what he thinks about it, about having to go out." Carriker also noted that Hawley "hasn't really campaigned much at all."

April 23, 2018 / Press Release

Missouri Rising Chairman Eric Schmitt Remains Silent on Greitens

In the wake of yet another indictment for Governor Greitens, Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt remains one of the only statewide official who has yet to take a stand on a host of serious allegations against the Governor. Schmitt also serves as Chairman of Missouri Rising, a Super PAC with the explicit purpose of electing Josh Hawley to the U.S. Senate in November.

April 20, 2018 / Press Release

Missourians Protest Josh Hawley, Demand Return of Greitens’ $50,000

Today, protesters gathered outside Josh Hawley's event in Joplin to protest the Attorney General turning a blind eye to the Governor's use of a charity donor list for over a year, deciding to investigate only when the Governor became too politically toxic, and giving the St. Louis Circuit Attorney less than four days to file charges. Protestors also demanded that Hawley return the $50,000 in contributions he received from Greitens during the 2016 campaign.

April 20, 2018 / Press Release

ICYMI: Despite Help from Trump, Hawley’s Fundraising is “Beyond Embarrassing”

After repeatedly declining to release his FEC numbers, the Kansas City Star yesterday reported that Josh Hawley's campaign raised just $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2018. This lackluster total comes despite the fact that Hawley is the only Senate candidate to have benefited from the fundraising help of President Trump. According to the Star, GOP strategists are "wringing their hands" over Hawley's "beyond embarassing" totals -- with one calling it a "five alarm fire."

April 20, 2018 / Press Release

Flashback Friday: Hawley Turns a Blind Eye as Watchdog Group Accuses Hawley’s Top Donor of Pay-to-Play

One year ago, the U.S. attorney's office for the Western District of Missouri was asked to open a grand jury investigation into Hawley's number one donor, David Humphreys, who gave $100,000 to the Missouri State Senate President within days of him filing legislation that could benefit Humphreys. The alleged pay-to-play scandal was criticized by Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, yet Attorney General Josh Hawley ignored bipartisan calls to investigate.

April 20, 2018 / Press Release

ICYMI: Messenger: Josh Hawley Has Been All Over the Map With Eric Greitens

Yesterday on The McGraw Show, St. Louis Post Dispatch Columnist Tony Messenger weighed in on Josh Hawley's investigations into Governor Greitens, calling Hawley out for being "all over the map with Eric Greitens." Messenger noted that Hawley allowed Greitens to claim executive privilege "so that he didn't actually have to conduct a serious investigation into the governor's use of Confide," but after being "destroyed in the court of public opinion over that particular decision, now all of the sudden he's being tough again..." Messenger's comments underscore the political undertones of Hawley's recent posturing on the Governor.

April 19, 2018 / Press Release

#TBT: June 2017: Experts Suggest Charity Illegally Gave Donor List to Greitens’ Campaign, Hawley Declines Comment

Last June, after Governor Greitens admitted wrongdoing to the MEC regarding his campaign's use of a charity donor list, the Kansas City Star began investigating how the list could have been transferred from the charity to Greitens' campaign. Experts told the Star that the charity must have either violated its nonprofit status by giving Greitens the list or the list must have been stolen. The Star also noted that the Missouri Attorney General "enforces Missouri laws regarding charities," but when asked about the issue last June, "a spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Hawley declined to comment on the issue."

April 19, 2018 / Press Release

ICYMI: KC Star Takes a Closer Look at the Timeline for Hawley’s Investigation into The Mission Continues

Yesterday, the Kansas City Star took a closer look at Josh Hawley's decision to wait until this week to take action against Governor Greitens' misuse of a charity donor list. The Star notes that in addition to an October 2016 Associated Press report about the incident and an admission of wrongdoing by the Governor in April 2017, Hawley ignored the guidance of experts, who said in June 2017 that it was possible the charity violated its nonprofit status. The Star also reports that, "Republicans, many of whom have publicly called on Greitens to resign, are clear that the governor’s scandals could affect the fall U.S. Senate race," suggesting that Hawley's bid for Senate is behind his decision to go after the Governor.

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