August 18, 2017/Press Release

ICYMI: Josh Hawley Violates State Law; Uses AG’s Resources to Promote Political Event

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Yesterday, Josh Hawley used his Office of the Attorney General social media account to promote his attendance at a Missouri Republican Party political event, tweeting a photo of himself in front of a “Missouri GOP” sign and launching his AG office Instagram with the same photo.

State law prohibits elected officials from using government resources for political purposes, including official social media accounts. When Hawley was called out for using the Attorney General office’s social media for political campaigning, he deleted both the tweet and Instagram post.

“Josh Hawley once again seems to think that the law doesn’t apply to him, choosing to promote his own personal political ambitions using state resources,” said Missouri Democratic Party Communications Director Meira Bernstein. “This type of blatant disregard for the law is exactly what Missourians hate about typical politicians like Josh Hawley.”

This is the second time Josh Hawley has flouted state law in the past two weeks. On Tuesday, it was reported that despite telling Missourians he would follow the law and reside in Jefferson City — as required by the Missouri Constitution — Hawley voted in the Boone County special election on August 8.