April 13, 2018/Press Release

TWO YEARS AGO: Hawley Pledges to Clean Up Corruption in Jefferson City

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Exactly two years ago today, Josh Hawley pledged to “create a corruption unit to tackle misuse of public office” in Jefferson City as part of “a series of ethics-related policies” he proposed during his run for Attorney General. Since taking office, Hawley has not only failed to deliver on his promise to clean up the capitol, but has himself perpetuated the culture of corruption in Jefferson City.

Instead of delivering on his promise to Missourians, Hawley has been busy using his office to protect his donors and allies:

  • After Governor Greitens contributed $50,000 to Hawley’s Attorney General campaign, Hawley cleared the Governor of any wrongdoing through a sham investigation into Greitens’ use of text message-deleting app Confide. Hawley did not attempt to retrieve any of the text messages in question, relied heavily on staff testimony, and did not attempt to interview the Governor or challenge the Governor’s assertion of executive privilege. Hawley still has not returned the $50,000 in contributions he received from the Governor.
  • Hawley, who has jurisdiction over state law regarding charities, repeatedly passed up opportunities to investigate Governor Greitens for allegedly using the charity he founded for political purposes. Hawley waited nearly a year after the Governor admitted wrongdoing to announce his investigation, shortly after reports that the St. Louis prosecutor was looking into Greitens and the charity, The Mission Continues.
  • Hawley ignored calls to investigate allegations of sexual blackmail against Governor Greitens, relying on the Missouri Legislature to look into it instead. Hawley has also allowed another prosecutor to take the lead in investigating whether the Governor’s conduct was criminal in nature.
  • Hawley has also ignored bipartisan calls to investigate GOP mega-donor David Humphreys for an alleged pay-to-play scandal. Humphreys gave Hawley nearly 75% of his individual donations for his Attorney General’s campaign.
  • Despite his promise to be a champion for ethics reform in Jefferson City, Hawley has remained silent as the state legislature has failed to pass meaningful ethics reform and the public corruption crisis has worsened.

“Since becoming Attorney General, Josh Hawley has objectively failed to deliver for Missourians on his promise to clean up corruption in Jefferson City. Hawley has shown that he will always put his own political ambitions — along with his donors and allies — before his obligation to uphold the law and root out corruption.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren