September 4, 2018/Press Release

ONE YEAR AGO: Republican Megadonor Announces Hawley’s Senate Bid… Before Hawley Tells Missourians

COLUMBIA, Mo. — This time last year, Republican megadonor Sam Fox sent a letter to other millionaires and billionaires saying that he was pleased to report that Josh Hawley would run for Senate. The problem? Hawley still hadn’t come clean to Missourians about breaking his promise not to climb the political ladder.

Apparently Fox wasn’t the only person Hawley told about his Senate bid before breaking the news to Missourians. Hawley also made time for several closed door meetings in D.C. with national Republicans and dark money special interest groups before officially announcing his campaign.

Meanwhile, Fox actively worked to wrangle a wealthy network of donors for Hawley’s Senate bid, encouraging other party elites to “keep their checkbooks closed until Hawley makes a decision about whether to run.” Those backers haven’t disappointed, pouring millions into Missouri in an attempt to buy a Senate seat for Hawley.

“Josh Hawley’s campaign is run by the elite millionaire donors and special interest groups paying the bills, and his priorities reflect that. On everything from trying to strip protections for Missourians with pre-existing conditions to opposing the right of workers to collectively bargain to opposing a minimum wage increase, Hawley has stood with his wealthy and powerful backers and against the interests of Missouri families.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren