JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Democrats highlighted today the widening gap between the campaign promises of Attorney General Josh Hawley, the state’s top law enforcement official, and his actions – specifically his silence while an alleged pay-to-play scandal continues to create a cloud over Jefferson City.
Missouri Democrats pointed out that after a campaign season of promising to crack down on corruption by creating a new Public Corruption Unit, Attorney General Josh Hawley has been notably absent – even as this alleged scandal has drawn bipartisan criticism and a federal watchdog group has officially requested a federal investigation from the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.
GOP megadonor David Humphreys, who has been cited in reports about the scandal, is a major campaign contributor to Hawley’s campaign committee, donating millions of dollars. The Humphreys family has donated more than $4 million to Hawley’s campaign and millions more to Republican candidates and causes at the state and federal level.
Martha Stevens, House Representative for Missouri’s 46th District, said, “This kind of shady, alleged pay-to-play politics embodies the culture of corruption in Jefferson City that time and again has favored big corporations and special interests at the expense of our working families. If Attorney General Hawley is serious about keeping his campaign promises, he should launch an investigation into this growing scandal immediately.”
“One thing is clear, whether it’s because of go-along to get-along politics, or whether it has to do with his campaign contributions, Josh Hawley is proving that he’s running his office with the worst of partisan politics,” said Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “Hawley’s failure to act against this potential corruption makes clear why Missourians value having balance between the parties. When one party is in full control, accountability for this kind of potential corruption goes out the window.”
- During his campaign for Attorney General, Josh Hawley promised to end corruption, end pay-to-play politics, and create a new Public Corruption Unit to tackle corruption in Jefferson City. Hawley even referenced battling the “Jefferson City Cartel.”
- Republican and Democratic members of Missouri’s General Assembly have highlighted the need for law enforcement to investigate this issue.
- On Wednesday, the Campaign for Accountability, a federal watch dog group, officially filed a complaint, calling for an investigation from the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.
- Josh Hawley has received millions of dollars from David Humphreys and his family members, including $1 million in the month after the election. The Humphreys family has donated millions more to Republican candidates and causes at the state and federal level, making them the second biggest political donors in the state after Rex Sinquefield.