Yesterday, House Investigative Committee chairman Jay Barnes filed an ethics complaint against former Governor Greitens’ campaign for using a non-profit — A New Missouri — to skirt campaign finance laws, naming former Greitens campaign advisor and current Vice President Pence chief-of-staff Nick Ayers as a target of the complaint. While Attorney General Josh Hawley has the authority to investigate non-profit organizations under Missouri law, he has refused to investigate the former Governor’s non-profit.
Hawley has sought Vice President Pence’s support in his campaign for Senate and even introduced the Vice President at his event in Kansas City this afternoon — leading to a potential political issue for Hawley if he chose to do his job and pursue an investigation that involves the Vice President’s chief-of-staff.
Meanwhile, questions about A New Missouri have been swirling since Greitens ran for office in 2016, and escalated when the Governor allegedly resigned to prevent the charity’s donors from being revealed. While a private attorney and members of Hawley’s own party have been demanding answers about the organization, Hawley’s refusal to use his authority to do so raises serious questions.
“From day one, Josh Hawley has been a supporter of dark money who will do whatever it takes to make his donors and political allies happy,” said Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren. “Whether it’s because he doesn’t want to upset the Vice President or because he’s trying to protect his own donors, Hawley’s refusal seek the answers Missourians deserve is why corruption in Jefferson City has never been worse.”