October 5, 2018/Press Release

TWO YEARS AGO: Josh Hawley Faces Ethics Complaint for Attempting to Conceal Campaign Contributions

COLUMBIA, Mo. —  Two years ago, yet another MEC ethics complaint was filed against Josh Hawley — this time for attempting to conceal the source of nearly $3.1 million in campaign contributions during his bid for Attorney General.

This was not the first — or the last — time Hawley would 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.
  • 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.
  • Last year,  the American Democracy Legal Fund filed an ethics complaint against 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.
  • During his 2016 run for Attorney General, Hawley faced ANOTHER 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.”

“Josh Hawley’s record speaks for itself: he is a longtime supporter of dark money and questionable campaign finance practices, and will do whatever it takes to climb the political ladder. Missourians deserve a Senator who will be transparent and honest with them, and Hawley has repeatedly shown that he is not that person.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren