The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) filed an updated FEC complaint against Josh Hawley last week, alleging that Hawley used more than $180,000 from his state campaign fund to help with his Senate campaign in “repeated violations” of FEC rules.
As a reminder, ALDF first filed a complaint in August 2017, alleging that Hawley was violating campaign finance rules by using state funds to prepare for a Senate race.
A Democratic legal fund is pressing the Federal Election Commission for an investigation of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, alleging that the Republican’s state campaign illegally paid consultants for his Senate bid.
…The American Democracy Legal Fund previously filed a complaint with the FEC on Aug. 2, the same day that Hawley announced he intended to create a federal committee to explore a run against McCaskill.
…The first complaint accused Hawley of illegally spending money from his state campaign fund on activities that Democrats say qualify as “testing the waters” for a potential Senate run.
The updated complaint, filed by the Democratic fund on Nov. 9, accuses Hawley of “repeated violations.” It says Hawley used more than $180,000 in prohibited funds from his state account to pay for activities that aided the Senate campaign Hawley was “seriously considering” for months before officially declaring his candidacy.
…Three of the vendors cited in the Democratic group’s complaint are consultants who received more than $7,600 from Hawley’s state campaign fund in September 2017, after he began spending money on his Senate campaign.
“This complaint is hardly baseless, in fact Josh Hawley’s own FEC report proves he was spending money from his state campaign account to test the waters for a Senate run in violation of federal law,” said a spokesman for the fund, Brad Woodhouse, in an email.
“Josh Hawley is an ambitious, ladder-climbing politician who thinks the rules don’t apply to him,” Woodhouse said. “He may be in for a rude awakening.”