October 10, 2018/Press Release

ONE YEAR OF CANDIDATE HAWLEY: Broken Promises, Billionaire Donors, and Bad Policy

COLUMBIA, Mo. — One year ago today, Josh Hawley officially announced his decision to run for Senate, breaking his signature AG campaign promise not to be another ladder climbing politician.

The first year of Hawley’s candidacy has been littered with broken promises, billionaire donors and special interest groups pulling the strings, and half-hearted policy proposals that hurt hardworking Missourians. Let’s take a look:

  • From day one, Hawley has been making time for the out-of-state billionaires and D.C. special interests funding his campaign while skipping out on events with Missourians. Hawley spent the first seven months of his candidacy hiding from Missourians, refusing to hold public campaign events or answer questions.
  • When it comes to the issues, Hawley has repeatedly failed to stand up for Missourians. He is backing the Administration’s trade war despite its harm to Missouri small businesses and agriculture, and has refused to drop a lawsuit that would end protections for nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions.
  • While Hawley has frequently tried to claim that he never planned to run for Senate, his own emails show Hawley discussing a run as early as 2011.
  • In November, longtime Google critic Peter Thiel contributed the maximum contribution to Hawley’s campaign. Four days later, Hawley launched an investigation into Google.
  • Despite plenty of help from the President and Vice President, Hawley has delivered “beyond embarrassing” fundraising results quarter after quarter.
  • Hawley has been slammed for his extreme views, such as calling higher education “worthless” and blaming the sexual revolution for sex trafficking.
  • Hawley’s campaign has come under fire for his questionable relationship with campaign finance law, including allegations that he violated campaign finance rules by using state funds to prepare for his Senate race.

“Josh Hawley has made it perfectly clear that he couldn’t care less about the people of Missouri — the only thing he’s concerned with is his own self-serving quest up the political ladder. On the issues that matter, Hawley has repeatedly lied to Missourians while putting himself and his wealthy benefactors first. The question is, what promise will he break next?”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren