In case you missed it, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board is calling on the office of the state’s Attorney General to appeal the recent court decision that struck down key parts of Missouri’s new, voter-approved campaign finance reform, but says Josh Hawley should recuse himself because he’s too compromised by big money donors.
The Post-Dispatch Editorial Board writes:
“In a split decision last week, a federal judge… ruled unconstitutional other parts of the initiative — including one designed to stop the practice of shuffling money among committees to make it harder to tell where the money is coming from…The Missouri attorney general’s office, which argued the case on behalf of the Missouri Ethics Commission, should do so — though it may be a little tricky for Attorney General Josh Hawley. Hawley received $225,000 from Herzog Contracting Corp. of St. Joseph for his campaign last year. A related company was one of the plaintiffs in the case. Hawley should recuse himself and look for outside help.”
Adding to the conflict, Missouri Republican Party Chair Todd Graves was one of the leading lawyers in the court case challenging Amendment 2.
“Josh Hawley’s in the pocket of his big money donors and has already shown he’ll throw away his campaign promises if they don’t fall in line with what benefits the Republican establishment in Jefferson City,” added Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “It’s not clear if Josh Hawley is stalling because of his conflicts of interest or just hoping this will go away, but either way it’s time for him to follow the will of Missourians and take swift legal action to defend our voter-approved campaign finance reform.”
The Missouri Democratic Party Chair called on Josh Hawley to appeal the Amendment 2 decision last week.