Timeline of Events
Nov 8: Josh Hawley is elected Attorney General on a promise to create a Public Corruption Unit to clean up the pay-to-play culture in Jefferson City.
April 19: Hawley’s biggest campaign donor and the State Senate President are accused of pay-to-play.
April 25: Hawley says his office “doesn’t have criminal jurisdiction over pay-to-play allegations.”
July 12: The Attorney General’s office confirms receipt of a sunshine request from the Missouri Democratic Party (MDP) requesting any emails regarding a public corruption unit.
July 13: Attorney General Josh Hawley personally requests that his office add a “Public Corruption Team” page to the Attorney General’s website.
July 24: The Attorney General’s office puts out a press release touting a third “corruption prosecution case” by his “Public Corruption Team” — the first mention of such a team in a public press release during his tenure.
August 10: The Attorney General’s office responds to a DSCC sunshine request for any records regarding a public corruption unit. The responsive documents show that there were no written communications within the AG’s office about a public corruption team until the day after they confirmed receipt of the MDP sunshine request.