August 2, 2018/Press Release

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Hawley Faces Ethics Complaint Over Campaign Spending

COLUMBIA, Mo. — One year ago today, the American Democracy Legal Fund filed an ethics complaint against Josh Hawley for allegedly using state campaign funds to lay the groundwork for his future Senate bid without actually filing his candidacy — a violation of FEC campaign finance rules.

This was not the first — or the last — time Hawley has come under fire for his questionable relationship with campaign finance law:

  • Hawley’s top Senate campaign consultant and frequent spokesman was recently exposed for years of skirting campaign finance laws to help funnel millions of dollars from the National Rifle Association into key battleground races.
  • During his 2016 run for Attorney General, Hawley faced an ethics complaint over two non-profits he founded to benefit his political career. The complaint alleged that Hawley had set up two dark money non-profits — Missouri Forward Foundation and the Missouri Liberty Project — to be nothing more than “political committees that don’t have to disclose their donors.”
  • As Attorney General, Hawley has turned a blind eye to former Governor Eric Greitens’ relationship to a non-profit he allegedly used for political gain. The same non-profit is currently under investigation by the Missouri Ethic Commission.

“From day one, Josh Hawley has been a supporter of dark money and questionable campaign finance practices who will do whatever it takes to make his donors and political allies happy. Missourians deserve a Senator who champions transparency, and Hawley has repeatedly shown that he is not that person.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren